As he tries to ‘out-Tory the Tories’, Starmer’s language will terrify UK’s 10m disabled people – and disgust those who remember the role of wartime Vichy collaborators
Labour has released a briefing to friendly media outlining Keir Starmer’s latest position before the party’s conference this weekend.
Naturally, it did not come to Skwawkbox. Labour’s press office has put an ’embargo’ on its release to those it has deemed fit to receive it, but as it was obtained by Skwawkbox only as a leak, it is not binding – and Skwawkbox can reveal the chilling language and imagery to which Labour’s notional leader is resorting in his desperate bid to look relevant by outflanking the Tories on the right.
Starmer’s latest slogan – after his ‘WTF’ fiasco was unsurprisingly a catastrophe – appears to be:
Community, family, country
Starmer claims in his ‘essay’ that these not Conservative ideas – but the words are strongly reminiscent of the motto of the Vichy France government that collaborated with the nazis during the second world war, “Family. Country. Work”:
There are also phrases very close to the far right buzzwords of ‘discipline and order’.
Contribute or starve?
The Labour press release claims that Starmer’s essay ‘sets out vision for a “contribution society”’ – an idea that will rightly send cold shivers down the spines of this country’s millions of disabled or unemployed people and those in poorly-paid and insecure work. Labour’s core traditional values are of a safety net that provides ‘at the point of need‘, not ‘on the basis of contribution’. Contributions are to be based on ‘broad shoulders’, on the ability to pay, separate to the issue of need.
Such are the values of a civilised society, for that matter.
And he focuses on ‘working people’, reviving the Tories’ disgusting ‘striver vs skiver’ rhetoric used by the Tories to demonise many millions of vulnerable people:
Ahead of his first in-person Labour Party conference, Keir Starmer has set out his vision of how Labour will focus on providing security and opportunity to working people across the country.
At the heart of the Labour leader’s essay is the “contribution society” – where we all have a part to play, one in which we recognise the value of family, community and each person and each businesses’ ability to contribute to the country’s success.
Starmer also formalises the Labour right’s commitment to privatisation in the NHS, housing and the environment – a million miles from the 2019 manifesto that Starmer promised Labour members he would retain – clearly just in order to con them out of their votes:
In order to put contribution at the centre of our efforts, Labour would build an effective partnership of state and private sector to prioritise the things that we have seen really matter: health, living conditions, working conditions and the environment.
Starmer also dredges up his time as Director of Public Prosecutions (yet again), dragging crime into his essay in the hope this will reflect well on him – but again always, always regurgitating his ‘contribution’ idea – and that it’s only for ‘working people’:
In addition to pointing to policies across crime, education, health, power, and economy, Starmer proposes ten guiding principles for a contribution society.
God help those who are unable to work, work unpaid as carers or lose their jobs – because in 14,000 dreary and chilling words, Keir Starmer is signalling that he’s not interested in doing so. Instead, he is content to resort to the language of collaborators and the concepts of eugenics to appeal to the lowest bigotries and narrow values he imagines are the obsession of the working classes he clearly doesn’t really understand.
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