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‘Apologise Starmer’ trends at No2 in UK after Corbyn smear

Labour ‘leader’ belittled himself during PMQs on Wednesday – and the public wants an apology

On Wednesday, Keir Starmer capped an abysmal performance in PMQs – during which he failed to land a blow on Boris Johnson and indulged in a succession of embarrassingly feeble ‘jokes’ – by smearing Jeremy Corbyn by calling Boris Johnson the ‘Tory Corbyn’.

Starmer succeeded only in belittling himself – and it seems those who heard it agreed, as a demand for Starmer to apologise quickly trended on Twitter, reaching the number two spot in UK trends:

At the same time, news broke that Labour’s already weak lead over the Tories had fallen by two points – and Starmer himself is polling lower than Johnson in who the public thinks should be leading the country, with 28% preferring Johnson and only 26% Starmer despite the massive and constantly mushrooms scandals around the Tory boor.

Worse still for both of them, far more people prefer neither of them. And after Wednesday’s excruciating performance by both it’s not hard to see why.

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29 comments

  1. Starmer is a loser. But he doesn’t care. His mission is to destroy the Labour Party. And, together with the help of the Israeli government, the CIA, the security Establishment and the media he is achieving remarkable results.
    In the real world the people of the UK face problems which can only be resolved through socialist policies. To that there is no alternative.

    1. bevin – but the people obviously weren’t convinced by your arguments in 2019 when you actually had an offer, how are you going to convince them now when you have no MPs, no leader, no party and sad a history of lost deposits.

      1. Again with the ‘but Corbyn’

        …When just everyone else knows your shithouse was at fault for 2019.

        You’re even worse than that greasy, clueless, snidey hypocritical twott.

        But I won’t ask for an apology. I’d much prefer you dropped dead.

      2. Two Cheeks
        The Kleptocracy will go the same way as every other Ocracy
        You will never beat the Lads and Lasses with the Pitchforks
        Only a matter of time, what sparks the change is the only thing we d9nt know yet

      3. Steve Richards
        The let them eat cakes refuse to get their snouts out of the trough
        Point of Order
        The last mainland riots were not a protest they were largely criminal
        A line was crossed then
        If you were going to bake a revolution what would be the ingredients
        Something has to give

    1. Dastardly deed to smear a fellow leader of the Labour party by ridicule is far more serious than name calling.Unfortunately its not possible to bring the labour party into disrepute as its already hit bottom..Without any doubt any seasoned politician will be appalled by this act of self abusing,because thats how the public will veiw it. a clear act of damaging each and every candidate or sitting mp who hopes to be elected in the coming General election as a Labour Mp.Councillors who have struggled under the wooden plank starmer will also be staggered that mr amateur inebriated leader of the Labour party doesnt realise that a criticism of a fellow leader and a sincere leader will destroy any chance of bringing down the torys and gaining power by default.

  2. He won’t apologise to Corbyn – just like he won’t offer any effective opposition to Priti Patel’s vile Rwanda policy. THAT would require Courage, and he hasn’t got any.

    “Boring” is the least of his inadequacies.

    1. From Phil Burton-Cartledge:

      This is an ongoing political project, and demands a political response. Unfortunately but predictably, Labour is nowhere to be seen. Having once used a wedge issue to his own advantage, these days Keir Starmer’s isn’t interested in leading public opinion. Not wanting to take a stand on anything, least of all something the Labour right regard as electoral Kryptonite, Starmer thinks remaining aloof from “culture war” issues will avoid him getting drawn into fighting where the Tories think they’re comfortable and wield an advantage. But if the leader’s office had a bit of nous about them, they might consider how Johnson is overplaying his hand. As we recently saw in Australia, the Coalition was pulverised because they had no answers on the pressing issues of the day and, crucially, a layer of their former support had grown fed up with their provocations and nonsense. The same is happening here with Tory worries about so-called Waitrose Woman and those stunning Liberal Democrat by-election victories. The harder the Tories push, the deeper they’re driving a wedge into their own coalition. This layer, who found Tony Blair beguiling all those years ago, also exist in Labour’s target seats – like the left wing voters Starmer has shown no interest in – and could be won to the party if our self-proclaimed “human rights lawyer” said something. But because Starmer wants to stay away from political struggle, he’s unnecessarily handing the Tories the advantage of setting the terms of debate.

      https://averypublicsociologist.blogspot.com/2022/06/refugees-as-political-pawns.html

    2. Credit to the People’s Press:

      Some “courage is discernible in Parliament, from socialist MPs like Richard Burgon and Zarah Sultana willing to call out Tory ministers on their attempt to demonise refugees to distract from a cost-of-living crisis their policies are responsible for.

      “But not on the Labour front bench. If Harold Wilson was right to say Labour is a moral crusade or it is nothing, Sir Keir Starmer — who was forced to rebuke his own shadow cabinet this week for calling him “boring” — has picked the “nothing” option.

      “The government’s Rwanda plan is costly and inefficient, Labour states. Is it morally wrong? Starmer will not say.

      “Would Labour reverse the policy if elected? He won’t tell us that, either.

      “What a contrast to the courage displayed by Starmer’s predecessor as Labour leader. Jeremy Corbyn visited refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk to meet asylum-seekers and hear their stories in the face of media mockery and jibes from then prime minister David Cameron that he was “hanging about with a bunch of migrants.”

      “It is no doubt consciousness that Corbyn’s clear moral vision and principled leadership made him far more popular among Labour members and trade unionists than his successor that feeds the gnawing resentment Starmer displayed at Prime Minister’s Questions today.

      “Claiming Tory backbenchers have referred to Johnson as “the Conservative Corbyn,” the leader of the opposition smirked: “Prime Minister, I don’t think that was intended as a compliment.”

      ” “Wretched, spiteful and obsessed,” as one socialist campaigner immediately observed.

      “And pathetic. Aside from illustrating Starmer’s deep personal nastiness — clear enough already from the witch-hunt he has launched against socialists in the party — it exposes the weakness of his challenge to the Conservatives.

      “Starmer prides himself on having crushed the left. Something achieved by deceit — he pledged to maintain the key points of Corbyn’s programme to secure election as his successor — and diktat (forcing through unprecedented restrictions on local parties’ right to discuss his actions, overriding democratic processes to rig candidate selections and ignoring the decisions of his own party congress).

      “He now imagines that “beating” Corbyn, through control of the party bureaucracy and a complete disregard for its rules, proves his ability to defeat a ruthless Conservative Prime Minister as cynical as he is and with all the inherent advantages in media and millionaire backing that go with heading the Tories rather than Labour.

      “The current attempts to big up shadow health secretary Wes Streeting as a replacement show that even the Labour right don’t buy it.

      “Starmer’s indifference to the human suffering of refugees emphasises the con-trick by which he became Labour leader. Members who mistook his pro-EU stance for a commitment to internationalism and anti-racism — it was in fact simply an expression of his commitment to the economic status quo — have had a rude comeuppance.

      “Labour “under new management” is not going to stand up for refugees, human rights or the rule of law. The real opposition to this vile government is on the streets.”

      Chris Jones for NIP and Wakefield.

      1. Wow. Chris Jones, whoever you are young man, more power to your elbow.
        ……… and, as an aside, Labour didn’t have an offer in 2019. It was in 2017 when they did.

  3. Corbyn needs to wash his hands of this cockroach infested party. They clearly aren’t going to allow him back.

    Become the standard-bearer for a new party. A new party could almost certainly take members and possibly union funding from Labour.

    Then at some point, everyone including the PLP will question what exactly the point of the Labour Party is, in its current form. The SCG should stay put, however, as any new Corbyn-led party will make clear it will only stand candidates against Blairite Labour MPs.

    Of course, any new party will come under brutal assault from the media, they’ll instantly rervive the antisemitism slur nonsense. Any Corbyn associated party will by definition, be proudly “left anti imperialist in its identity’ unlike P.Mason – never secretly siding with the colonizers over the colonized; all while posting tweets with fist emojis with hindsight, laughably talking up the proletariat and power to the people!

    1. I will be surprised if Corbyn stands at the next election, why would he take the risk.

      1. Says the thundercunt who’s already publicly admitted it goes out of it was to annoy folk; freely confesses it finds it ‘entertaining’ and then cries about being bullied/trolled when people react the way they do.

        Fuck off and croak. Gobshite.

      2. Toffee – For goodness sake give the drama queen act a rest and get a grip of your emotions. All I have done is point out that Jeremy is unlikely to stand at the next general election. I’m not the one who is letting you down.

  4. Corbyn is a good man, though I don’t think he was or would be a good leader, but a fixation with who leads counts for nothing if those you lead don’t constitute an effective team. Conflating recognisability with leadership has given us Trump and Johnson and in the case of the latter, convinced wavering Tory MPs that no-one can fill Big Dog’s shoes (to help them out here, a modicum of integrity and competence are the pre-requisites, not a diploma from clown school). Quite what qualities Starmer might bring to the table remain unknown and, being charitable, one could see his actions since becoming LOTO as erratic, contradictory and incoherent attempts to populate the vacuum that lies at his core.But replacing Starmer is not the solution in itself if we continue to appoint one leader to oppose another, a self-indulgent binary opposition of personalities rather than an environment of competing ideas from many sides.

  5. Ive been watching the documentary-series
    (a repeat) on M Thatcher on BBC TV.

    The series has currently reached 1981
    when there were riots in many Northern
    cities but Thatcher still visited them in spite of crowds throwing eggs and
    loudly booing.

    This is noticeably different from both
    Johnson and Starmer who have shown
    a remarkable reluctance to face
    anyone who does not support them.

    Johnson has run off to Kiev to see
    Zelenski who praises him – well he
    could hardly do anything else could
    he? Evidently he is afraid to face his
    red wall MPs at their Conference in
    Doncaster.

    1. HFM – It makes one wonder what all those exLabour ‘red wall’ voters ever saw in him.

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