Councillors show mayor how it’s done with forthright condemnation of Starmer’s ‘Scum’ betrayal
Twenty Liverpool councillors have bypassed the mealy-mouthed excuses or outright silence of many Merseyside politicians concerning Keir Starmer’s disgraceful decision to write in the Murdoch S*n last weekend.
Where the city and regional mayors and several MPs trod on eggshells with vapid talk of ‘disappointment’ – while others stayed silent altogether – the councillors have pulled no punches in the language they used to condemn Starmer’s ‘betrayal’ and ‘disrespect’ toward not only the people of Liverpool and its surrounds, but toward ‘basic decency and working-class communities across the country’ and why.
And they made it clear to Starmer that he has sided with the enemy – and what a vile enemy it is:
We the undersigned from Liverpool Labour Group are writing to express our shared condemnation of your recent actions. There is a strong feeling of betrayal and disrespect that our City feels due to your recent actions and your decision to write for the S*n newspaper.
As you are aware it is banned in our City and every Labour Councillor, our City Mayor, Metro Mayor and Members of Parliament in the city region – and untold numbers of people across the Country- have been upset by your decision.
This rag has no place in society and many local authorities (especially Labour-led ones) have passed motions calling on local newsagents to stop selling the paper in their shop.
The events at the FA Cup semi-final on 15 April 1989 will never be forgotten. 97 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed and there was an establishment cover up designed to pass blame.
On 19 April, just four days into the grief our city was facing, the S*n printed a front page story about the tragedy. Under the headline ‘The Truth’, the paper claimed Liverpool fans had pick-pocketed, sexually abused and urinated upon their own dead. They also claimed Liverpool fans had violently attacked and urinated on police officers.
The orchestra of lies by the establishment began immediately after the disaster. The truth only came out when the Hillsborough Independent Panel reported in 2012 and there was the subsequent verdict of unlawful killing of the then 96 supporters who died in the disaster rising to 97 with the tragic passing of Andrew Devine.
The S*n insulted those who died in the tragedy. They insulted the grieving families of the 96 now 97 and the survivors of Hillsborough.
This was a smear not only against the city of Liverpool, but against basic decency and working class communities across the country.
Unfortunately Keir, we do not believe doing business with the S*n is the way to win elections. During the last leadership election you stood on a stage (in Liverpool no less) and said that you would not do an interview with the S*n during the leadership election which I’m sure helped you on your way to becoming the leader.
We would like our condemnation of your actions to be placed on record.
Liverpool City Councillors
Cllr Sam Gorst
Cllr Sarah Morton
Cllr Maureen Delahunty
Cllr Ian Byrne MP
Cllr Alfie Hincks
Cllr Anna Rothery
Cllr Alan Gibbons
Cllr Alison Clarke
Cllr Lena Simic
Cllr Lynnie Williams (Hinnigan)
Cllr Gerard Woodhouse
Cllr Lindsay Melia
Cllr Barry Kushner
Cllr Joanne Calvert
Cllr Billy Marratt
Cllr John Prince
Cllr Joe Hanson
Cllr Rona Heron
Cllr George Knibb
Cllr Lila Bennett
The twenty – more are believed to be in the process of adding their names – join West Derby MP Ian Byrne and Labour members and councillors in nearby West Lancashire in properly expressing the outrage of a city at the grossly idiotic as well as insulting decision to get into bed with Murdoch and his rag.
Starmer does not even have the excuse of ignorance – during last year’s leadership election, he claimed he wouldn’t speak to the S*n, but only for the duration of the election. But in making that weasel claim, he said he understood the hurt and injury its vile conduct and lies had caused for the people of Liverpool.
Keir Starmer should be run out of the city if he ever tries to set foot in it – in the same way the people of Liverpool saw off other right-wing horrors such as the EDL.
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