Sir Keir Starmer could be the new Tony Blair if he stood up for ALL workers


OUT in the real world, Sir Keir Starmer’s most attractive feature is that he is not Jeremy Corbyn.

But within the batty confines of Starmer’s own Labour Party, among all those swivel-eyed activists and metropolitan militants, amidst all the hatchet-faced union barons and spotty student radicals, Starmer has one major flaw.

He is just not Jeremy Corbyn.

It’s all a bit awkward.

Starmer’s appeal — such as it is — to British voters is that he is obviously not cut from the same mad Marxist, Brit-loathing cloth as drooling old Jezza, even though Keir tried to get Corbyn elected — not once, but twice!

But not being Corbyn could conceivably spell the death of Starmer’s career.

There is a good chance Starmer will not even get to face Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss at the next General Election.

Because the Labour movement is frothing with fury at their leader.

From the backbench MPs to Labour’s union paymasters, the comrades are fuming because Starmer sacked his shadow transport minister, Sam Tarry, after Scarlet Sam was interviewed on a picket line of striking railway workers outside a spookily abandoned Euston station.

Flat cap-wearing Mr Tarry — ally of Corbyn, boyfriend to Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner — disobeyed Starmer’s direct command telling his frontbench to stay away from picket lines.

But they just don’t listen!

In a typical Starmer fudge, Sam Tarry is said to have been sacked not for appearing in solidarity with the strikers, but for giving unauthorised media interviews.

The brothers can’t see the distinction. “The sacking is quite frankly shameful,” seethed one ­Labour MP.

Labour never learns

If the British people wanted to be ruled by a hard-left Labour government, then Corbyn would be pruning his allotment in the garden of 10 Downing Street today.

But they don’t.

Boris Johnson’s landslide at the 2019 General Election was at least as much to do with national revulsion at Jeremy Corbyn as it was to do with Bojo’s winning personality.

But Corbyn and his loony left instincts were — and still are — catnip to party activists, who invariably shared his wacky worldview and chanted his name to the melody of Seven Nation Army.

No matter how badly the Tories cock it all up, there is no chance the British people will ever choose a fanatic like Corbyn to run this country.

But Labour wish they still had a leader built in his image. This is Starmer’s historic dilemma.

Sir Keir is clearly aware that if he unequivocally backs the strikers who are currently inflicting misery on ordinary working Brits then he will be yet another Labour leader who cannot win a general election.

But if he condemns the strikes, and if he insists his shadow ministers keep their distance from the militant union leaders, then he immediately haemorrhages support within his own party.

It is possible to imagine how a Labour leader of real courage and vision could turn this summer of strikes to their advantage.

Starmer should be condemning the RMT union for rejecting an eight per cent pay rise without consulting its members.

He should be doing what he can to solve the dispute, not for ever hedging his bets, afraid of spooking the hard-left headbangers.

If Keir Starmer had the bottle to truly stand up for ALL workers — including those who can’t get to work because there are no trains, and those taxpayers whose £16billion paid the wages of railway workers to run empty trains during lockdown — then he would crush the warring, weary Tories at the next election.

Then he would be the true heir to Blair.

But he’s Keir Starmer. Half man, half fence. Fudgefinder General.

And so with Keir, to paraphrase the old D:ream song — things can never get better.

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