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While Starmer’s blighting Liverpool next month, Stop Starmer campaign will be in his backyard

Right-winger coming to Liverpool for party conference despite writing for hated S*n – but while he’s here, anti-Starmer activists will be campaigning in Holborn and St Pancras and you can join in

Keir Starmer is widely despised in Liverpool by any Merseysider aware of the fact that he has repeatedly written for the hated Murdoch S*n, which smeared the city and the victims and survivors of the Hillsborough disaster for decades – and has even partied with the rag’s owner. What locals think of him was put on show by Liverpool legend Audrey White in unforgettable (and filmed!) style.

He remains arrogant enough to still come to Liverpool in a couple of weeks for Labour’s annual conference – but while he stains the city with his presence, left activists from the new ‘Stop Starmer’ group, disgusted with his serial dishonesty and his war on members and their democracy will be out and about in his home constituency of Holborn and St Pancras:

Stop Starmer is inviting anyone who wants to do so to join them on the day. In Liverpool, plans are also no doubt well underway for making him aware of just how unwelcome he is – as happened repeatedly last year.

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  1. Off topic, but I came across the following earlier via a Russell Brand video (posted yesterday) – ie an article by Jeffrey Sachs entitled ”NATO Chief Admits NATO Expansion Was Key to Russian Invasion of Ukraine’:

    According to the U.S. government and the ever-obsequious New York Times, the Ukraine war was “unprovoked,” the Times’ favorite adjective to describe the war. Putin, allegedly mistaking himself for Peter the Great, invaded Ukraine to recreate the Russian Empire. Yet last week, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg committed a Washington gaffe, meaning that he accidently blurted out the truth.

    In testimony to the European Union Parliament, Stoltenberg made clear that it was America’s relentless push to enlarge NATO to Ukraine that was the real cause of the war and why it continues today. Here are Stoltenberg’s revealing words:

    “The background was that President Putin declared in the autumn of 2021, and actually sent a draft treaty that they wanted NATO to sign, to promise no more NATO enlargement. That was what he sent us. And was a pre-condition to not invade Ukraine. Of course, we didn’t sign that……

    NB I did a search and it doesn’t look as if any of the MSM covered it, not that Stoltenberg was making an ‘admission’ as such. He refers to Autumn, but I think he must be talking about the security proposals Russia made in the December, and needless to say, they were not being submitted as a pre-condition to not invading Ukraine, although Russia was amassing troops near the border of Ukraine at the time.

    And it wasn’t just the NY Times that was referring to the invasion as ‘unprovoked’ of course, but everyone, including Biden and Boris Johnson and Stoltenberg himself, and they all referred to it as unprovoked repeatedly, every single time they made a statement about the invasion.

      1. Allan – Is Russell Brand another of your trusted sources? 🙄

    1. The following is from a John Pilger article posted on Feb 17, 2022, in which he mentions the proposals:

      Almost every Russian knows that it was across the plains of Ukraine’s “borderland” that Hitler’s divisions swept from the west in 1941, bolstered by Ukraine’s Nazi cultists and collaborators. The result was more than 20 million Russian dead.

      Setting aside the manoeuvres and cynicism of geopolitics, whomever the players, this historical memory is the driving force behind Russia’s respect-seeking, self-protective security proposals, which were published in Moscow in the week the UN voted 130-2 to outlaw Nazism [the US and Ukraine were the two countries that voted against]. They are:

      – NATO guarantees that it will not deploy missiles in nations bordering Russia. (They are already in place from Slovenia to Romania, with Poland to follow)
      – NATO to stop military and naval exercises in nations and seas bordering Russia.
      – Ukraine will not become a member of NATO.
      – the West and Russia to sign a binding East-West security pact.
      – the landmark treaty between the US and Russia covering intermediate-range nuclear weapons to be restored. (The US abandoned it in 2019)

      These amount to a comprehensive draft of a peace plan for all of post-war Europe and ought to be welcomed in the West.

      1. @Allan

        Have you seen anything of the French hacking leak concerning NATO in Paris? I would share a link but my post is guaranteed to disappear.

    2. This stuff was on the cards as soon as Gorby gave the keys to Yeltsin and the garks whistled for the cowboys. Said it in Pitsunda. Booed.

    3. I see SH is still pa-trolling the site. It’s way, WAY past time that he was permanently barred!

      1. Allan – Aww diddums, are you really so insecure that you and your assertions need a safe space?

    4. The longer quote from the article qualifies the interpretation
      “The background was that President Putin declared in the autumn of 2021, and actually sent a draft treaty that they wanted NATO to sign, to promise no more NATO enlargement. That was what he sent us. And was a pre-condition to not invade Ukraine. Of course, we didn’t sign that.

      The opposite happened. He wanted us to sign that promise, never to enlarge NATO. He wanted us to remove our military infrastructure in all Allies that have joined NATO since 1997, meaning half of NATO, all the Central and Eastern Europe, we should remove NATO from that part of our Alliance, introducing some kind of B, or second-class membership. We rejected that.

      So, he went to war to prevent NATO, more NATO, close to his borders. He has got the exact opposite.”

      This suggests that the demand goes beyond maintaining a 2021 status quo (which would have normalised the annexation of Crimea in 2014) and requires NATO to withdraw support for all members who joined since 1997.

  2. If JC stands as an Independent in Islington then a Leftie could stand as a JC Independent in Kensington (Coad), in Hackney (Abbott) and there in Camden.
    Could have a good group of socialist MPs especially if more do this around the country.

    1. Dream on.
      I don’t think either of them will stand as independents.
      I expect that they will both retire, I suspect that Diane may well do a deal.
      Why would they take the risk of their career epitaph being that when it came down to a personal vote instead of a party vote they were rejected by the voters who they had served for decades.

  3. It is easy to forget now just how much flak President Reagan got from the lunatic fringe for the INF treaty.

    In his book from a few years ago, John Bolton reveals that he wanted the US to withdraw when he served in the administration of George W. Bush. There was no talk back then of alleged Russian violations. That only started at least a decade later.

    I believe that the allegations of Russia cheating were very unlikely to be true. But they did provide a useful pretext for the USA to withdraw.

    Why would Russia deploy a land-based missile in violation of the treaty when it could have deployed one at sea (not covered by any treaty)?

    Why did the USA refuse a Russian proposal to observe the missile’s capabilities?

    Too bad that President Trump was too ignorant to see through Bolton’s deception. Shamefully, 5 Labour MPs also accepted such evidence-free nonsense.

    1. Has it really?
      I’m surprised that he hasn’t linked to any supporting evidence.🤔

      1. Who are the left’s candidates?
        It will be interesting to see whether they can manage to hold onto their deposits this time.

  4. The “greatest leader Labour ever had” was “very proud” to receive the title of honorary president of Islington TUC.

    Mr Corbyn said the left sometimes feels “disempowered because we haven’t won everything,” or “because we don’t hear everybody talking up saying I want to be a socialist.”

    But he highlighted how most people support public ownership of services.

    “You can’t do this in a grotesquely unequal society where the billionaires’ [wealth is] growing by the minute, where the food bank queues are growing by the metre every week.

    “And so, the political alternative cannot be solely an offer to manage the economy in the way it is at the moment.

    “It requires fundamental transformation.”

    Mr Corbyn said that is why he is delighted to work with the trades council, saying it “brings together the best of our borough, the best of our community and the best of achievements for [its] working-class people.”

    credit, Morning Star

  5. I so don’t care about Starmer’s polling, popularity or funding. I don’t need a primer on the value of him or indeed the Labour Party. They are an obstruction, have been for twenty plus years, and a mechanism to challenge a narrative that they are the corrective to a Tory government is vital. Before capitalism or socialism people would like a voice and all the time the system presents it as a binary then they have to settle for pointless and confected antagonism as a poor alternative.

    1. “They are an obstruction, have been for twenty plus years, and a mechanism to challenge a narrative that they are the corrective to a Tory government is vital.”

      If that is really the case then it begs the question, where have you and any other like minded individuals been for the last two decades?
      Where is the even vaguely credible alternative that you are offering the UK’s electorate?
      Why after more than 20 years have you still not got your acts together?

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