Labour Party leader Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer has made it even more abundantly clear to the Labour left that his party is no place for them.

He chose the right wing Sunday Telegraph newspaper last weekend, to applaud the brutal ruling class warrior Margaret Thatcher.

“Margaret Thatcher sought to drag Britain out of its stupor by setting loose our natural entrepreneurialism,” he wrote. He also praised war criminals and pumped up British nationalism.

“Tony Blair reimagined a stale, outdated Labour Party into one that could seize the optimism of the late 90s. Clement Attlee wrote that Labour must be a party of duty and patriotism, not abstract theory.”

The commemoration to one of the biggest enemies of working class people was a deliberate choice by Starmer. He’s laughing in the face of the left.

From removing the Labour Party whip from his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn and ousting him as an MP, to sackings and suspensions, Starmer has been purging his party throughout his time as leader. So, along with his continued right wing drivel, why the attack?

The millions of people who have taken to the streets for Palestine since 7 October have raged at Starmer, Labour MPs and councillors who have ignored the calls for a ceasefire.

Starmer is making it clear he will continue to crush the left.

He wants to ram home that despite a mass movement in the streets over Palestine, there will be no return of the Labour left.

That’s why he also reminded readers that Labour has “changed dramatically in the last three years” after a “course of shock therapy” to fulfil the “dreams of ordinary British people”.

And while Starmer’s project continues the left stays mostly quiet.

While some councillors have resigned, and other shadow cabinet members have spoken out, the majority of the left stays inactive in the party.

In a statement on Palestine last week, Starmer called for a “return to cessation hostilities that would allow the release of more hostages” and “tackle the humanitarian crisis”.

There was no mention of a full ceasefire. But it’s not just Palestine that Starmer is awful on. The claim that his agenda for Labour is based on what ordinary people want couldn’t be further from the truth.

Starmer also continued to peddle his racist agenda against immigrants.

In his piece for the Telegraph, Starmer called immigration “a serious public concern”.

He jeered at the Tories for failing to bring numbers down, just as he did at prime ministers’ question time last week, and attacked migrant workers.

And then in a speech on Monday he also said a Labour government would not “turn on the spending taps”. Pointing to the last 13 years of Tory austerity, Starmer killed off any expectation that public spending would go up.

Instead he claimed that spending constraints were necessary to improve people’s standard of living. Starmer said his new
obsession is “raising Britain’s productivity growth”

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves has already said that taxes for the rich wouldn’t rise beyond what has already been set out.

Growth and competition will be Starmer and Reeves’ priority, under the guise of looking out for ordinary people.

Starmer’s programme for government is—don’t expect money and do expect racist scapegoating.

Some commentators say Starmer’s rampage is a ploy for votes. But Labour is already 19.5 percentage points ahead in the opinion polls.

Starmer has already proved that he’s a safe pair of hands for bosses and the rest of the ruling class.

The chaos from the Tories means sections of the rich and corporate executives already think that Starmer is a better option to depend their profits.

There are many people in Labour or who vote Labour who are appalled by Starmer’s views.

But the problem isn’t just one leader. It’s a condemnation of a whole method that is centred on parliament.

The answer is not the long slog inside Labour but a total break from it.

For those left in Labour, it’d be right to conclude that it’s time to look elsewhere for change.

It’s not a Labour Party mark two that’s needed, but a revolutionary alternative that looks to build the movement outside of the constraints of parliamentary politics.

That means a struggle on the streets and in the workplaces for Palestine, against the bosses, against racism and the idea that politics is confined to Westminster.

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