“THE VERY UNELECTABLE, SIR KEIR STARMER QC
52 of the 54 seats that Labour lost to the Tories in its former Midland and Northern heartlands were in constituencies that had voted to leave the EU in 2016. That is minus 52 to Labour and plus 52 to the Tories, a swing of 104 seats. There, in a nut shell, is where Labour lost the General Election.
The election result has sent Labour a shock-wave message: the working classes of Labour’s historic heartlands, alienated by 30 years of deindustrialisation and the financialisation of London and the South, have been taken for granted. Labour MPs and former MPs from these regions told us repeatedly: the electorate have turned, disaffected by decades of Westminster indifference, angry that their vote to leave the EU was discounted and trivialised by Labour’s U-turn on the referendum.
To now promote to Party leader the architect of that self-destruct policy switch would be an egregious insult. And a recipe for a repeat electoral disaster.
IS THEIR ANYONE ON LABOUR’S FRONT BENCH MORE CONNECTED TO THE ESTABLISHMENT?
Sir Keir Starmer QC is the MP for Holborn and St Pancras, bang in the centre of London. He is Knight Commander of the Order of Bath. He is the former Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service.
Honestly, it is hard to imagine anyone from the Labour front bench more connected to the Establishment – and less suited to winning back working class support for an anti-establishment transformative Labour Government.
FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF THE ESTABLISHMENT, STARMER IS THE PERFECT CHOICE TO LEAD THE LABOUR PARTY.
The ruling class looks to Sir Kier to bring Labour back into the fold, to make Labour safe for capitalism once again, and dutifully supportive of ’Regime Change’ imperial wars, a la Tony Blair.
But come election time, they also know that Starmer is easy pickings. Imagine for a moment what the Tory media will make of his record as DPP. Under his leadership, the CPS failed to prosecute the serial rapist John Worboys for 75 of his suspected crimes. Worboys was convicted of attacks on 12 women in 2009 but the decision to limit prosecution to those cases led to him being recommended for early release.
Starmer also refused to prosecute two doctors caught on tape appearing to offer women abortions based on the gender of their unborn child – a vile breach of ethics but also a clear breach of law. He said it wouldn’t be “in the public interest”.
The nail in Starmer’s coffin – he failed to prosecute paedophile Jimmy Savile. The working classes will never forgive that, once they are made aware. And they will be made aware. Come the moment, with a wave of red-top headlines, Starmer and Labour would be buried.
In short, the establishment see Starmer as a win-win. He guts Labour of its radical threat to the status quo. And he is unelectable.
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