Starmer and cronies trend on UK social media after Starmer said publicly that he will not act to lift a million kids out of poverty
The scandal at the weekend of Keir Starmer – the only policy he was willing to commit to in an interview with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg – said that Labour will not end the scandal of the two-child benefit cap (video here) has really cut through in the public consciousness.
So deeply, in fact, that the top-trending item on UK Twitter at the time of writing is Starmer’s new nickname, ‘Sir Kid Starver‘:
Twitter user @treborrhubarb compared the new phrase to the ‘milk-snatcher’ label that has rightly clung to Margaret Thatcher far beyond the grave:
The Starver moniker was not the only trending item: Starmer’s own name and that of his mouthpiece Yvette Cooper, who yesterday tried to excuse and defend Starmer’s wanton heartlessness, were also high in the list of UK trends.
Left activist ‘The Agitator’ was quick to do the necessary:
So damaging is the term that Starmer’s team is said to be virtually incoherent with rage – but trying to muster the words to get Twitter to remove it:
Starmer’s cruelty is no less than that of the unlamented former Tory PM: ending the benefit cap would instantly lift 250,000 children out of poverty and vastly improve the situation of another 1.25 million poor children – and would have a negative cost, saving the UK £39.5bn at a cost of only £1.3bn, according to the latest Child Poverty Action Group analysis.
Yet in the arid desert that is Keir Starmer’s policy platform – and clearly his soul – pretty much the only concrete policy he is willing to commit to is to continue that needless, expensive cruelty to 1.5 million children of our nation, which is already shamed by the poverty of more than four million children over all.
Depriving children of milk was evil, but it is nothing compared to condemning so many to poverty, hunger, stigma, ill health and a damaged education when ending the evil would cost less than nothing.
Kid Starver indeed.
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