Starmer’s right turn is wrong

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IT HASN’T taken long for Labour leader Keir Starmer to re­veal his real, Blairite, rightwing self hav­ing mas­quer­aded as a sup­porter of ex-Labour Leader, Jeremy Cor­byn, to seize the Labour crown in April.

First he sacked Cor­bynista Rebecca Long-Bai­ley from his shadow cab­i­net for merely retweet­ing a col­umn by ac­tress Max­ine Peake that was crit­i­cal of po­lice vi­o­lence in the US.

Now he has en­thu­si­as­ti­cally joined in the new Cold War against China and Rus­sia, launched by the Trump regime to help him get re­elected in Novem­ber; to mask a grow­ing eco­nomic cri­sis with 50m Amer­i­cans al­ready thrown out of work; to di­vert public at­ten­tion from his dis­as­trous han­dling of Covid-19; and to cam­ou­flage mass protests against po­lice vi­o­lence and racism.

Sim­i­larly, the Bri­tish rul­ing class, and its po­lit­i­cal mar­i­onettes like

John­son and Starmer, is ea­ger to turn the public gaze away from the Tory Gov­ern­ment’s calami­tous han­dling of Covid-19, and se­vere eco­nomic prob­lems that could put 5m Bri­tons out of work by the end of the year.

Starmer has also pleased his US and Bri­tish masters by set­tling outof-court a le­gal ac­tion brought by seven for­mer Labour Party em­ploy­ees, and a BBC jour­nal­ist, in con­nec­tion with an anti-Cor­byn Panorama pro­gramme.

This has re­port­edly cost Labour mem­bers some £500,000 in com­pen­sa­tion to the com­plainants. Cor­byn has rightly ques­tioned this costly de­ci­sion, call­ing it ‘po­lit­i­cal’.

As part of the new Cold War against Rus­sia, Starmer has even gone so far as to call for Rus­sian TV News Chan­nel, RT, to have its li­cence re­viewed by OFCOM.

He thereby makes clear the op­po­si­tion of the Bri­tish rul­ing class to any news source that does not slav­ishly and robot­i­cally en­dorse US and Bri­tish for­eign pol­icy, and the drift to­wards au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism in both coun­tries.

Starmer’s lurch to the right comes as no sur­prise to those who look into his past.

A lawyer and QC by oc­cu­pa­tion, he was Di­rec­tor Of Public Pros­e­cu­tions in 2012 when whistle­blower Ju­lian As­sange was hounded into the Ecuado­rian Em­bassy, where he lan­guished for seven years try­ing to es­cape US ex­tra­di­tion.

Now he is in­car­cer­ated in Bri­tain’s Guan­tanamo, Bel­marsh prison in Lon­don, await­ing an ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing in Septem­ber.

Starmer only be­came a Labour MP in 2015 so his el­e­va­tion to the top of the Labour Party has been swift, much to the de­light of for­mer Labour leader, Blair, and those of his po­lit­i­cal per­sua­sion.

Like Blair, who was forced to re­sign as Labour leader over the Iraq war lies, Starmer cares more for the views of the cap­i­tal­ist class than he does for work­ing class Labour vot­ers.

His stam­pede to the far-right of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum will cost Labour very dearly at the polls.

James Roberts, via email

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