Deborah Mattinson rehashed Victorian dismissal
Keir Starmer’s new strategy director advised then-interim Labour leader Harriet Harman to ignore the ‘undeserving poor’ in 2015 – rehashing a Victorian smear used to justify neglect of large numbers of those in poverty, one that has been a Tory standard for years.
Left-wing writer Solomon Hughes spotted the old strategy document provided to Harman by Mattinson’s think-tank ‘Britain Thinks’:
The rest of the list looks like the drab, watery approach Keir Starmer has already adopted – with the exception of any significant opposition, respectful or otherwise, so it’s hard to see what additional Starmer might get from his new director. But the responses to the revelation of Mattinson’s advice show it is no more popular than her widely-disliked new boss. Here are a few examples:
There are millions of poor people in this country, including more than four million children. Which of those people, exactly, do Starmer and Mattinson think are ‘undeserving’?
A majority of voters now think Keir Starmer should resign, according to the latest polling. How can anyone disagree with such throwbacks to the worst of old Blairism running through it like (tasteless) veins in (old dry) cheese?
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