Cowardly regime hides behind Scotland to whip MPs to vote down motion to save Palestinian civilian lives
Keir Starmer has hidden behind the excuse of Scotland to order Labour MPs to vote against next Wednesday’s SNP amendment to the King’s Speech calling for a ceasefire in Israel’s wanton slaughter of civilians in Gaza.
Starmer’s craven and counter-factual opposition to a ceasefire to spare the thousands of women, children and other vulnerable people being killed by Israel’s targeted, mass bombing of homes, schools, hospitals, refugee camps and other vital civilian facilities is already on the record – but his party ‘whips’ have been given a script to use with MPs considering voting for the ceasefire amendment – one that uses Labour’s electoral fortunes in Scotland as an excuse.
Which is utter nonsense when Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar has already come out in support of a ceasefire.
The whips have been told – after cynically asking MPs how they’re doing given the public pressure to back a ceasefire – to tell them that voting for the SNP amendment will ‘totally undermine’ Labour’s position in Scotland and that they’d have to vote against it if Labour were in government.
Labour isn’t in government, as if that makes any difference to the rights and wrongs of a ceasefire – though Starmer is admitting through this line that a Labour King’s speech would be as poisonous and murderous as the Tory one. Scottish voters, like the rest of the UK public, overwhelmingly want a ceasefire. And Sarwar’s position makes the claim it would damage the party in Scotland palpably nonsensical.
But such is the shamelessness, hollowness and cowardice of Starmer and his toxic regime that even though they have no proper, sane argument to make against calling for an end to the mass murder of innocent civilians, they are resorting to blatant nonsense to try to head off the rebellion among MPs with sizeable Muslim (or just decent and humane) constituency populations.
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