‘If people are particularly interested they can look… on the Labour website’. But the Labour website doesn’t give any…
Labour’s head of policy Anneliese Dodds was asked to name the biggest policy Labour is putting forward in response to the string of massive crises facing the UK at the moment – and was humiliatingly unable to name any policy, let alone the ‘big one’:
A search of Labour’s website for ‘policies’ reveals only two mentions of the word since the 2019 general election, covering the entire period of Keir Starmer’s notional leadership of the party. Clicking on those two links leads to not a single Labour policy. One of them leads to Keir Starmer’s vacuous speech that laid out vague notions of his fantasy Britain but nothing about what Labour would actually do to create it – and the other links to Dodds, more than two years ago in 20202, mentioning someone else’s policy.
The only actual policies on show were put forward under Jeremy Corbyn – and Starmer has spent most of his tenure scrambling to disown them after promising Labour members he would stick to them.
There are three policies Dodds could have mentioned, of course – they’re the only ones Starmer has pursued:
- ‘declare war on members and hope Boris Johnson implodes’
- declare war on people working in vital public services
- declare war on environmental protesters
Such is the dire and frankly embarrassing state of a recently-great party.
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