Why Do Leftists Loathe Labour Leader Keir Starmer?

If the Left loathe Keir Starmer, how come he is leader of the UK Labour Party?

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Keir Starmer and his wife, Victoria

While waiting for a train on my station platform, I posed a question to a burly, British woman fellow passenger about her thoughts on the electioneering so far. I asked whether she fancied Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister again. She replied tongue in cheek, “I would not vote for an Indian to run Britain again.” When I asked whether she would vote Labour, she said she had not made up her mind.

After over a week of politicking, the Labour Leader is behaving just as I thought, entrusting all the difficult tasks to his Shadow Ministers to avoid the curveballs thrown at him.

The Conservative Party Leader, Rishi Sunak, is going flat out, trying, as we say in Sri Lanka, his “level best” to reach out to his voter base up and down the country. Meanwhile, at least 73 of his party’s MPs are running away from the so-called “sinking ship,” their electorates, with some even wanting to run as “Independents.”

As an Asian, I find myself painfully worried about the plight of Sunak, burning himself out within the five rigorous weeks still left of campaigning.

We in South Asia have never mastered the art of delegation, as we want to get the kudos for accomplishing an impossible feat, thinking we can beat the Brits.

So what is Keir Starmer up to? He has got Rachel Reeves, the Shadow Chancellor, to keep saying, “We will not raise taxes,” and “We have costed our reforms.” We hear loud and clear from his Shadow Health Secretary, Wes Streeting, proclaiming, “We will turn the NHS around, we will bring in more staff, more nurses, and doctors, and get General Practitioners (GPs) to work late at their surgeries.” Keir Starmer has given the impossible task of calming the Diane Abbott “syndrome” by maintaining that Labour is for all workers, Black and White, around the country.

So what about Keir Starmer himself? He is no Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, or patriotic Social Democrat like Clement Attlee, a reformist leader, or a ruthless tactician like pipe-smoking Harold Wilson (who was the Prime Minister when I landed in Britain many moons ago). Or a true Labour working-class but erudite leader, like John Smith. Keir Starmer is unlike any of the above. He can be ruthless in the way he put down and trampled Jeremy Corbyn and his “Lefties.”

Many Labour people find an appropriate label for Starmer. He is an atheist, his wife is an ardent follower of the Jewish faith, and he finds it difficult to accommodate any who do not see eye to eye with him.

Some say his party is “enraged” about his ruthless approach not only to Labour’s candidate selection but also to his rooting out of religious hatred of all sorts, including anti-Semitism.

Unlike the Conservatives who proclaim, “they are a broad church,” today’s Labour under Keir Starmer, as claimed by many, is a “broad heterodox coalition,” a faction or sect wanting to put Britain right for all the wrongs of the past.

What can we see happening in Britain with Keir Starmer?

Will we witness a new Britain under Keir Starmer? Will immigration be rigorously curtailed? He will find it easy, with his vast experience and work as head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Director of Public Prosecutions, cited for his knighthood in 2014 for his services to law and criminal justice, to bring Britain back to the straight and narrow.

It is a paradox that Britain moves from fearlessness to fear every generation. Under the rule of Sir Keir Starmer, as a future Prime Minister, all the misdemeanours of 14 years of Conservatives will be eradicated, if at all possible.

But what after Keir Starmer? It is anybody and everybody’s guess. It is in the nature of things in Britain that Brits rise from an unbridled society to a so-called “Gulag” bridled lifestyle. Who can change it, except the Brits themselves? It is difficult to see what is in store for Britain for the sins of their fathers.

Victor Cherubim

Victor Cherubim

Victor Cherubim is a London-based writer and a frequent columnist of the Sri Lanka Guardian

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