By William Hallowell | Editor
Labour are set to lose 59 Red Wall council seats, and are 17 points behind the Tories in the Hartlepool by-election – this should be ringing alarm bells for the Shadow Cabinet.
It seems support for Starmer is consistently dropping – it is the only thing that is consistent about the Remoaner Leader of the Opposition. Even ardent and lifelong voters for the Labour Party are turning to the Conservatives, simply because the party ‘For The Many’ no longer represent the working-class... or the many.
Starmer has adopted a similar style of sheepish populism to President Biden in the US. Abandoning the northern, working-class communities, such as in Hartlepool, which has been held by Labour for decades, the Leader of the Opposition has pursued liberal ‘wokeism’, in order to draw in young voters who are just old enough to vote, or will be by the next election, and who also tend to be very socially liberal, and oppose traditional, more conservative social views, because they see them as old-fashioned and regressive – a remnant of what seems to them, a medieval era.
This was no more clear than when he ‘took the knee’ for the far-left hate group, Black Lives Matter, who openly pursue ‘abolitionist’ dogma such as abolishing the police, courts, prisons and criminal justice system – which is odd, considering Starmer holds the QC title, was a human rights lawyer, and was Director of Public Prosecutions and Head of the CPS. Logically, this would not sit well with older and middle-aged voters, because unlike Starmer’s target demographic, they are not so easily led by divisive, false narratives perpetuated by and on social media. Why would middle-aged and older experienced voters want to see a potential future Prime Minister pandering to social movements – particularly when driven by fallacies – when they are more concerned, typically, with lower taxes and greater economic freedom?
When we say #DefundThePolice, we mean abolition—we’re not just talking about what we get rid of. It’s also what we create and envision in its place. Radical imagination.— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) February 23, 2021
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A fundamental difference in the campaigning between the Conservative Party and the Labour Party is that the Conservatives clearly set out their elections goals – their promises. On the other hand, much like Starmer’s disgraced predecessor, Labour seem to be focusing much more on drumming the same old tiresome rhetoric into the public's minds and attacking the governing party with concerns over wallpaper, than making actual promises. Starmer has focused on blowing so-called ‘scandals’ out of proportion – stories in the media that the average person doesn’t really care about. Whinging about the Prime Minister’s Downing Street flat refurbishment really is clutching at straws.
A change in party leader is supposed to bring about a change to national politics, and politics within the party, but very little has changed between Corbyn resigning and Starmer taking control of the reigns. Like Starmer, Corbyn heavily emphasised upon attacking the Tories – especially Theresa May – and relentlessly giving the same old patronising lectures about ‘protecting’ the NHS. There was little to say for Corbyn’s policies that he did put forward other than being completely utopian – but at least the public knew where he stood. Starmer is just white noise; he’s there in the background, but no one is really listening.
On Tuesday, Corbynite Guardian columnist, the loathsome Owen Jones, released a half-hour documentary on the Hartlepool by-election. He is not a fan of Starmer; he seems him as a slightly more moderate version of the Tories, so to a die-hard Marxist, the wannabe-populist won’t be popular. But in this documentary, Owen Jones discusses why traditional support for Labour is being drawn away and mostly likely being handed to the Conservatives. With all the supposed Tory sleaze, scandal, corruption, cronyism and Covid deaths he doesn’t understand why anybody, even Conservatives, would vote Conservative. It’s because nobody understands what Starmer actually stands for.
A major problem with the Labour Party is their voters. Many are quick to condemn Tory voters, and claims of bigotry and elitism are always used by opponents to damage the party and shame its supporters, yet this in itself is a form of moral elitism, whereby Labour voters feel a sense of social and moral superiority over people who vote Conservative. Naming, shaming and attempting to cancel people damages their cause; Conservative voters are hardly going to be forced into submitting to the Labour Party just because of attempts to outcast right-leaning thinkers - who are ironically the majority.
Die-hard Labour voters will always vote Labour regardless of leader, but as with Joe Biden in the US Presidential election, it seems nobody will be voting for Starmer in favour of his policies – rather, they will be voting against the incumbent party and its leader.
The mood of the British public, and the population of Hartlepool, is no better incapsulated by a Guardian article published on Tuesday evening: ‘If Starmer wants to win Hartlepool, polls suggest he should stop visiting.’
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