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The last 18 months have shown us we’re stronger together.

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Janet Lawrence
Janet Lawrence4 months ago

I spent an hour reading Keir Starmer’s essay, an hour I could have made better use of. First thing I note is it is published by The Fabian Society. That tells us the target audience is not the 150,000 who have registered their opinion by leaving the party. It is not even for the remaining faithful, it is for the mainstream media so that they can infuence floating voters. It seeks to capture their vote regardless of the cost to principle.

The opening offers ‘a crossroad’ of choices. One, Sir Keir opines, offers the extension of current woes . The other is an inclusive paradigm that is based on the “contributions of all”. But, Starmer doesn’t mean that. Forget the Labour Party’s founding principles like those of Sydney & Beatrice Webb. Forget equality, I refer to Starmer’s preference to shift control of Labour back to the Parliamentary elite. I refer to the expulsion of ‘the wrong kind of Jews’. People like Graham Bash, Jo Bird, Mike Cushman, Michael Ellman, Michael Howard, Moshe Machover, Diana Neslen, Jonathan Rosenhead, Glyn Secker, Stephen Solley, George Wilmers, Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi, not anti-semitic, all Jewish but socialists which is Starmer’s real bête noire.

Starmer has produced a Johnson style wish list with not a word of how it could be achieved. Take for instance Starmer’s position on climate. He says he is not averse to airport expansion and points to hydrogen or even battery powered aircraft as a route to cleaner air travel. The problem is those aircraft are at least 10 - 15 years from taking to the air. Climate change is here, now. He envies the Tory party’s ability to ‘shed its skin’ and present a new face. What I infer from the sentiments he expresses is he wants his own ‘Blair’ moment. Get rid of the lefties, return power to the Parliamentary elite he controls, eradicate dissenting voices and avoid the traps of declaring a position. Socialists scare him that is the true reason for his treatment of Corbyn.

Socialism was the response to the grasping capitalism that thrived on the exploitation of people. Can anyone claim that the human condition has changed so much that the threat of exploitation by the few has vanished? Has the wealth gap grown or shrunk since Blair marched us down the neoliberal road? There is not a word in Starmer’s essay about “common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange.” There is no criticism of the privatised industries that have served us so poorly and so expensively since Thatcher’s day. Why? Because Starmer wants power and his strategy is to portray his Labour party as a revision of Blair’s. Corbyn was a constant reminder of Labour’s founding principles so he had to go.

Starmer would like to have the activists, to provide funds, to campaign, knock on doors. Unfortunately most left the party after the neolib putsch that saw Corbyn removed in a tidal wave of lies and treachery. For Starmer this presents a problem that he addresses with the sophistry of the essay. Warm and cuddly words devoid of substance. All he does is reveal his reluctance to admit that he is, like Blair, a Tory wannabe. Principles make uncomfortable baggage for a professional politician, a sea anchor that hinders a ‘flexible’ approach to politics. Starmer prefers to travel light because that is what neolibs do.

Adam Harmsworth
Adam Harmsworth4 months ago

The last 18 months have shown many of us that neither Labour nor the Tories will actually stand up for the working class even in the middle of a catastrophic pandemic. Workers need a new party, and that's what TUSC is trying to build.

Asad Yaqoob Mahar
Asad Yaqoob Mahar4 months ago

"Creation of NATO" How is that something to be proud of?

Christopher James Farmer
Christopher James Farmer4 months ago

Vacuous words. The MPs who are supposed to represent us fought their hardest to ensure a Tory government for at least 5 more years. The old the vulnerable and the poor will die by in numbers that will just be a statistic on their screens. Noses will remain in troughs throughout this time barely glancing up for long enough to " cleverly" conjour up another trite slogan on the way to the members dining room to share a few jokes with those on the opposite benches. There are a few among them that have a true empathy for the people who suffer needlessly but the hardcore will work hard to make sure that those decent ones can never really influence outcomes.

Keith Davies
Keith Davies4 months ago

Any one who thinks that wage inflation driven by free collective bribery (or bargaining as it was termed 50 years ago) is a good way forward has obviously not studied history.

The main unfairness is our taxation system because the marginal rate of tax for lower paid (including income tax, employer NI, employee NI, mandatory pension contributions is too high before you consider student loan interest etc) is vastly higher than that paid on unearned income.

Nigel Ward-Stevens
Nigel Ward-Stevens4 months ago

Just listened to Raynors foul mouthed rant at a conference side meeting, my goodness Labour really is fuelled by hatred these days, please please make her your Leader, that should be enough to finish the party for good.

David Townsend
David Townsend4 months ago

The last 18 months have shown the most divisive Labour Party - EVER.

Pat Campbell
Pat Campbell4 months ago

Stronger together when you have finished abusing your own members.
Stronger together with the Tories

Jude Stockwell
Jude Stockwell4 months ago

"Together" meaning without all the people you've thrown out?

Pete Sopowski
Pete Sopowski4 months ago

"stronger together" ???? Why not accept that driving members out of the party is madness?!