Starmer too cowardly even to try to appeal to betrayed Tory-voting pensioners
Labour has (yet again) abstained on a parliamentary vote on a Tory cut – waving through the Tories’ plan to scrap the ‘triple lock’ on UK pensions without even a token attempt to resist it.
Normally, Starmer’s desperate band of supporters will argue that he is abstaining in order to avoid offending the Tory voters they think he needs to appeal to, but on this occasion even that cellophane-thin excuse evaporates.
The so-called ‘triple lock’ protects the value of meagre UK pensions – already among the lowest of any developed nation – by guaranteeing that they will rise by whichever is the greater of 2.5%, the year’s rate of inflation or the increase in average earnings.
Boris Johnson swore to the electorate that he would not break the triple lock as PM, so he has just p***ed in the faces of millions of pensioners, including many who voted for him, since pensioners form the Tories’ core vote. Yet Starmer ignored the opportunity to curry favour with pensioners, instead ordering Labour MPs to abstain.
This spinelessness cannot be excused on any grounds – and especially not on the basis that he’s trying to appeal to Tory voters. Keir Starmer just held Boris Johnson’s coat for him while the Tory unzipped his fly and took aim at the saps who voted for him in 2019.
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