‘Why won’t they even talk to us? What are they scared of?’ ‘They’re enabling the Tory commissioners’ ‘Starmer’s a boss’s man, there’s something missing there’
Campaigners for Liverpool’s ‘One-Stop Shops’ (OSS) to be reopened – the vital community resources that allow people with poor resources or mobility to sort out all their council-related business in one local place – have accused the council and their local MP of contempt and cowardice over their lack of response, or even willingness to talk, to the campaign.
Campaigners gathered at two remaining OSS locations today to mark a full year of protest – and to put pressure on the council and local MPs to reverse their decision to shut down the centres as part of spending cuts. But they went further, with protesters gathered at the Wavertree OSS accusing the city council and their local MP of treating them with contempt, disrespect and cowardice – and the party of ‘enabling’ the commissioners imposed on the city by the Tories to oversee cuts in the name of supposed ‘value’.
Campaigner Lynda Sergeant spoke to Skwawkbox at the demo and summed up on behalf of her fellow demonstrators:
Shamefully, when the Tories announced the imposition of commissioners on the proud left-wing city – which has a Labour-run council and a full set of Labour MPs last year, Keir Starmer welcomed the Conservative move, presumably a sign of his eagerness to persuade the right-wing press they can safely back him.
Starmer then went on to write for the Murdoch S*n, the ultimate insult to Liverpool after the rag’s war on Hillsborough victims, survivors and their families – a move protesters told Skwawkbox is ‘unforgivable’. Ms Sergeant thinks ‘there’s something missing there’, accusing Starmer of being ‘a boss’s man’ whose claims of working-class roots are a mirage.
Wavertree MP Paula Barker was contacted for comment but did not respond.
Something missing indeed. Like any business being in the Labour party, let alone ‘leading’ it. As for Liverpool council, its leadership is far too compliant with Starmer and the Tories in their wars on Liverpool – and his war on the city’s Labour members – while the mayor, whose selection massively damaged the party’s standing in the city has taken a leaf out of Starmer’s book and reneged on a campaign promise that helped get her elected
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