He makes promises and then reneges on them,* a neo liberal rogue if ever there was one.
As Corbyn Labour’s front man for staying in the EU he had been buzzing around like a blue arse fly telling LP members and Remainers to continue to campaign against leaving the EU. Now he is proposing Labour MPs - and presumably members - support any Brexit deal Boris Johnson cobbles together. Consistency is obviously less important to him than brown nosing power.
How he is going to defeat Johnson by hanging on to his coat-tails is a mystery to me. You could almost conclude he has been put in place to sabotage any hope of a Labour government being elected, à la Lord Kinnock.
Since he became leader of the LP he has a history of tying it to the Tory wheel, rather than doing his job as leader of the opposition and ripping them apart when they’re at their most vulnerable due to the continuous mistakes Johnson has made over combating Covid-19.
Beyond the pandemic Starmer has also fallen short. He failed to oppose a number of Tory bills as they passed though parliament two of which were draconian.
He refused to vote against the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) Bill, also known as the “spy cops bill” which will give immunity to British state agencies including MI5 and other security services, NCA, police, HMRC, HM Forces and ten other public authorities who will be able to authorise criminal conduct. What this bill in reality means is government agencies can bug, burgle, commit any crime on the statute book up to and including murder without fear of any sanctions or come backs.
The second bill he refused to vote against was the Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill. Amnesty International summed up this bill perfectly:
In placing the actions of soldiers above the law, the Government is implying our armed forces need impunity for allegations of torture and war crimes and that we think it’s OK to grant them that.
Such a move sends conflicting messages internationally. How on earth can we call on countries like Sri Lanka to implement justice for war crimes from 2009 when we have instituted a defacto statute of limitations ourselves?
This Bill makes for bad law, and a worse example, it should be strongly opposed.”
So much for his supporters and their useful idiots nonsensical claim Starmer is a protector of human rights and they will be safe in his hands!
* He promised to re-unite the LP instead he split it asunder.
⏩ Mick Hall is a veteran Left Wing activist and trade unionist.