No meaningful action to be taken against MPs who rightly ignored order to stay away from front line of RMT strike
Keir Starmer has reaped the fruits of his idiotic ban last week on Labour front-benchers appearing on picket lines in solidarity with RMT rail workers fighting for jobs, pay and safety. Some fifty MPs defied Starmer, including a number of front-bench MPs and even the leader of Scottish Labour – putting Starmer in a cleft stick of his own making: not to discipline them would show weakness and spinelessness, while disciplining them would make him look just as weak and foolish and compound his betrayal of working people and their unions who founded the Labour party.
The move was political stupidity as well as morally bankrupt – the public rightly supports the strikers.
And now Starmer has chickened out of sacking or demoting even a single member of his front bench. Instead, MPs received a phone call from the party’s chief whip at the weekend and will receive a letter reminding them what he expects.
One Labour MP told Starmer that the feeble response was ‘like being mauled by blancmange’.
In a humiliation entirely his own fault, Starmer has reaped the worst of all worlds – he looks stupid, weak and like a turncoat who promised left-wing policies. He now sides with the Establishment against workers trying to save their jobs and living standards.
In a summer where workers in industry after industry are either taking or preparing to take action to fight the decade-long Tory assault on wages, job security, dignity and public services, Starmer’s unfailing instinct for picking the wrong side in the most cowardly way has shown itself yet again.
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