Labour ‘leader’ who’s broken string of leadership campaign pledges goes to Murdoch image-massagers. You couldn’t make it up – and should never have to
Keir Starmer has added to the many insults and injuries he has heaped on the people of Liverpool and the vulnerable of the nation generally this morning, by choosing to speak at the ironically-named ‘Trust Barometer’ launch by the PR firm used by Rupert Murdoch to rehabilitate his image after the phone-hacking scandal.
Edelman was on hand to rescue Murdoch after revelations that his papers had hacked the phones of people from celebrities to the murdered child Millie Dowler – including deleting messages that could have been evidence in the pursuit of her killer – and the paper has a long history of demonising the vulnerable to support Tory policies. So naturally, Keir Starmer would want to speak about ‘trust’ at their event.
Left-winger @olliek74 was less than impressed:
Keir Starmer’s toxic tenure as Labour leader has been marked by numerous cosyings with the Murdoch empire – including, unforgivably, both writing for the hated S*n and then responding to the justified horror and outrage of people in Liverpool and around the country by saying he’d do it again. That rag, of course, is despised for the long campaign of lies and smears it told about the victims and survivors of the Hillsborough disaster and their families as the Establishment scrambled to cover up police guilt for the deaths, injuries and grief inflicted.
Starmer’s front bench has also got in on the act, with the likes of Wes Streeting also happily appearing in the pages of what Merseysiders often refer to as The Scum.
And the idea of Starmer speaking at a ‘Trust Barometer’ launch is a rich one, after he got his hands on the leadership by making a series of pledges on policy and conduct – and then going on to break them all, from his promise to build unity to his pledge to put energy and other strategic resources such as energy and the NHS back into public hands.
Starmer, of course, promptly declared factional war on the Labour left and embarrassingly claimed ‘public ownership’ didn’t mean renationalisation when he was challenged on the BBC’s Marr show over saying he disagreed with renationalising the energy firms currently gouging the public – and his latest health muppet Streeting has talked glowingly about more private provision in the NHS instead of less.
Of course, Edelman has its office in the same building as Labour HQ. So it could just be laziness. But probably not.
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