Arrogance of Labour’s non-position is appalling
Keir Starmer’s Shadow Chancellor, the dire Rachel Reeves, has given an interview to the Mirror in which she demanded a general election while offering nothing for the vast mass of ordinary people in this country – in fact worse than nothing, because she wants to offer less than the Tories’ already-insulting pay rise for the public sector.
The appalling nature of it prompted Unite’s Howard Beckett, one of the left’s leading figures, to observe:
The Mirror’s Dan Bloom offered a summary:
No Universal Basic Income to help the most vulnerable and lift the standard of living of millions; a public sector pay cut; tax cuts that will do little or nothing to benefit low earners but will do lots for the wealthy – and some vague waffle of ‘jam tomorrow’ and a parroting of Tory nonsense:
unless you grow the economy, it is not possible to improve living standards and have the money to invest in public services.
The key to improving living standards and funding investment is reduced corporate profiteering and proper taxation as well as real economics instead of the household-budget guff used to con the public for more than a decade now – and people having more money in their pockets will grow the economy automatically.
But Starmer and Reeves think the path to government is offering warmed-up Tory vomit – and like Blair and Mandelson, they assume the working class will vote for them because we have nowhere else to go. Which sums up their blindness, arrogance and unelectability pretty succinctly – and they’re likely to get a wake-up call about that if they go through with their no-longer-secret trip to Liverpool next week.
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