US Kelloggs workers strike over ‘death of 1000 cuts’ – so Starmer chooses company for PR stunt and makes a mess even of that
Keir Starmer turned up at the Kelloggs factory in Manchester today on a PR stunt – and managed to mess even that up by trying to sound cool, telling workers that his nickname since childhood has been ‘Special K – K for Keir’:
I’ve been dubbed Special K since I was born, K for Keir.‘Ketamine Keir’ Starmer
Special K, of course, is also the street slang for the tranquiliser and anaesthetic (and ‘date-rape’ drug) Ketamine, which many would argue fits him far better, though the lightweight nature of the cereal has also been pointed out as appropriate.
It was excruciating to watch:
But far worse was the fact that Starmer was there at all.
As Dr Eoin Clarke pointed out on the @ToryFibs Twitter account, Kelloggs workers in the US are locked in a desperate battle for their futures against an employer they say is inflicting a ‘death of a thousand cuts’ and an attempt to divide workers by splitting them into two ‘tiers’ of different rights – and the company threatened to offshore their jobs to Mexico if workers didn’t surrender to the company’s plans.
The latest developments in the long-running dispute were in parts of the national press only yesterday – including the Starmer-supportive Guardian – so he has no excuse. Yet as workers fight for their jobs and pay and those of their colleagues and comrades, Starmer decided to go ahead and validate the bosses.
Of course he did, Just as he’s validated Boris Johnson and the right-wing Establishment throughout his blighted tenure as Labour’s notional ‘leader’ of the non-opposition – and scabbed for the S*n last week.
‘Ketamine Keith’, as he shall forever now be known, lurches from one disaster to another. How long before a challenger puts us out of his misery?
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