Deputy’s words leader will not want to hear
Angela Rayner has condemned the u-turn on tuition fees as a betrayal. This frankness hasn’t come now, during Keir Starmer’s Stalin-like suppression of truth and dissent in the Labour party, but Starmer will certainly not want to be reminded of it.
Rayner was speaking in 2019 – and not about Keir Starmer’s quisling party, but about the treacherous LibDems, who promised to abolish tuition fees in the 2010 general election campaign and then promptly u-turned to side with the Tories in increasing them:
But Rayner’s promise that ‘Labour will be different’ only applied when Jeremy Corbyn was leader. During his big-con campaign to replace Corbyn, Starmer repeatedly promised that he would maintain the party’s commitment to abolishing tuition fees, going further to make it one of his personal ‘pledges’:
That pledge has gone the way of every other promise Starmer made during the leadership campaign. His minions have now briefed the gleeful right-wing media that he has ‘moved on’ from it – Starmer-speak for smashing it into a million pieces, like he has all the other promises.
Ms Rayner might not have the courage or moral fibre to say so now, but she was entirely correct in her assessment that u-turning on a promise to abolish tuition fees is betrayal. Starmer’s entire tenure – and long before that – is an ongoing, continuous betrayal of decency, honesty and integrity.
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