Prescott, Burnham and Brown all take on Starmer’s ‘leadership’
Three of the Labour movement’s best known figures all went on record this week to call out Keir Starmer’s refusal to back workers striking to protect their jobs and pay – and his addiction to breaking his promises.
Former deputy PM John Prescott took a minimalist approach, tweeting out a picture of himself supporting striking miners almost four decades ago in a ‘how it’s done’ lesson:
Manchester mayor Andy Burnham was more direct, telling a TV interviewer that Labour ‘can’t ever be a party that undermines working people’ – sadly exactly what Keir Starmer’s version of the party is:
And on Friday, former PM Gordon Brown saw Establishment-lover Starmer rowing back on his promise to abolish the House of Lords and called on him to keep a promise he made to obtain the party leadership (for a change). Brown pointed to Boris Johnson’s plans to use ‘levelling up’ as the ‘perfect excuse’ for packing the House with far-right peers to force through extremist legislation after the Lords stymied or amended several of his bills – and said that the ‘gerrymandering’ anti-democratic plan is proof that leaving things as they are is not an option.
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