Starmer wants to ‘paint in primary colours’ – but red is missing. ‘Effective opposition’; economic justice; climate justice; peace; human rights; strong unions; equality – all these are now openly anathema to the ‘Labour’ ‘leader’
Keir Starmer’s team have been heavily briefing the press this weekend, most notably that he wants to ‘paint in primary colours’ – whatever that means – and ‘move away from his ten leadership campaign pledges’, because this will supposedly make him more electable (or at least slightly less invisible to voters).
The management-speak infection in Starmer’s Labour continues to run rampant – and it’s been obvious since about two weeks after he ‘won’ the leadership election that he never had the slightest intention of keeping any of the ‘pledges’ with which he conned Labour members into voting for him.
But the fact that his minders are now admitting that he has no interest in keeping them is massively telling – because just look at what they were:
These are the things that Starmer wants to define his leadership – by their absence:
- economic justice
- climate justice
- social justice
- human rights
- common ownership of public services for the public good
- stronger rights for workers and stronger unions
- more evenly distributed power, wealth and opportunity
- and even effective opposition
Starmer’s latest briefing amounts to a declaration that he’s neutered the Labour party as a force for anything except the status quo, the Establishment that protects wealth and privilege and keeps the many down. This is no Labour leader and no Labour party under him. The Labour party has been body-snatched and is a mere husk housing something pulsingly malignant.
Now none of this is news. The left, at least the part that doesn’t have a blue tick, has been pointing out these facts for more than a year now. But it is an admission and even his supporters can no longer cling to a shred of credibility if they deny it.
Primary colours? Yeah, right. Tory blue – tick. Coward’s yellow – tick. Red? Not a trace of it in Starmer’s new, finger-painted declaration that he’s the Establishment and f*ck all this country’s suffering millions who need hope and real change.
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