Labour leader milked anti-Scum sentiment by telling Liverpool audience he would not talk to S*n during leadership campaign, but weasel words now exposed – days after Labour welcomed Murdoch rag to its conference
During last year’s leadership contest, Keir Starmer used weasel words to gain a cheer from the unobservant during a leadership hustings in Liverpool, telling those assembled that he would not be speaking to the S*n during the campaign. He followed that performance up with a failure to say that he did not want its support, when asked during a televised interview.
Since then, he has outraged those who, like everyone in Liverpool, despise the Murdoch rag that has lied, abused and incited for decades, by not only promoting and praising members of his front bench who have written for it, but welcoming it to Labour’s conference this week – to the disgust of that city and of the people of Aberdeen, of even right-wing Liverpool MPs and union leaders and of hosts of current and former Labour supporters – where he was said to have held a secret meeting with its representatives.
But now, he is about to go one step further into the sewer according to several Labour sources – by writing an article for the poisonous publication to appear tomorrow.
Keir Starmer was approached directly with a deadline to deny the allegation made by a number of Labour sources, so that this article could remain unpublished if it were untrue. The deadline has passed and he has not done so.
The list of unconscionable conduct by Starmer and his supporters is already a long and disgraceful one. But to write for the rag that smeared Hillsborough victims, striking miners and others and has incited hate against all kinds of minorities and vulnerable groups is unforgivable.
He has to be challenged and he has to go now. And if any MP or union management props him up after this, they need to go the same way.
Update: the article is now out. Former Corbyn speechwriter Alex Nunns has correctly pointed out that Starmer’s pitch for the leadership began with a boast of helping fight Murdoch. Now he’s writing for his unfit-for-toilet paper:
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