The Labour leadership’s framework for government will intensify the offensive against people – the left needs to prepare to resist this.
The deep unpopularity of the Tory Party was highlighted by an election drubbing at two ends of England. The winning coalition put together by Boris Johnson in 2019 has fallen apart. Unless they change course, they may allow Keir Starmer to become the next Prime Minister, despite his own lack of popularity.
There is nothing progressive to be expected from the turmoil in the Tory Party. The underlying factors causing it, the policies of the Covid death toll and austerity, are supported by all possible Johnson rivals.
Labour Leader Keir Starmer has recently staked out a distinct position from the Tory government on climate change, that falls well short of what is needed. Labour proposes that £30 billion is put into a “green recovery” – well below the £85 billion investment proposed by the TUC. There needs to be an unremitting campaign to pressure the government, but Starmer is reluctant to challenge it.
The Starmer group heading the Labour Party represents a thorough political degeneration of the Labour leadership. There is barely a trace of even the mildest social democracy in its political outlook.
Keir Starmer’s speech on A New Chapter for Britain was heralded as a breakthrough moment where he would simultaneously set out his vision for the economy and society while beginning to outline a wholly different economic policy.
If that was its purpose, it failed miserably in every respect.