Can Starmer Revitalise Labour?

Posted on April 4, 2020

Due to the current circumstances, Keir Starmer has become opposition leader under the radar. This may well suit him. As the government muddles through cock up after cock up, it could be good timing too.I am still learning about Starmer, but as the son of a tool maker and a nurse, he is hardly the London elitist some of the bitter Corbynistas are already labelling him.

As one of five children he went to state school before studying law at the University of Leeds, graduating with a first class Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree. He also studied at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating as a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in 1986. After qualifying for the bar, he acted exclusively as a defence lawyer specialising in human rights issues. He then became a member of the Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2002. In 2008, he became Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Sounds like a bright chap to me. Watching him forensically pulling apart the government last year, convinced me he can lead a modern Labour Party. Unfortunately, Corbyn hid him away for the rest of one of the most diabolical campaigns in history. Labour were trounced by a Tory Party bereft of heavy hitters and bursting at the seams with fuckwitts

I like Jeremy Corbyn, he is a decent man with admirable ideologies and a fantastic track record in fighting for the causes of the oppressed in places such as Palestine, South Africa and Northern Ireland. However, he only succeeded in preaching to the converted and he was gut wrenchingly bad at the dispatch box.

Time and again, Theresa May and Boris Johnson sat in the chamber waiting for a damn good shoeing over their perpetual clusterfucks. Time and again, Corbyn responded like a one-legged man in an arse kicking contest.

Theresa May, hapless and hopeless, would be bracing herself for an ordeal after Pritti Patel or one of her devious members had let her down yet again. Corbyn would respond by reading out a letter from someone who didn’t have enough money to fix the puncture on their mobility scooter.

The amount of open goals he missed is beyond calculation. When all else failed he would revert to his core support, lapping up the nauseating “Whoa Jeremy Corbyn” chants. That doesn’t win elections and never will. His campaign had many good ideologies, but they were delivered like they had been put together for a school project.

The Labour Party need to face up to facts. They either back Keir Starmer and start the process of removing probably the most inept, self-serving, Conservative Party that has ever existed. Or they remain a protest group, flogging the dead horse until all is left of it, are bones and all is left is to self-flagellate.  

I ask sometimes myself why I am a Labour Party member? Simple really, I believe in equal well-funded free education and health for every citizen as well as human and civil rights. That’s what drew me to the Labour Party and why I still backed Corbyn; I had no other choice.

However, I am glad he has gone. Starmer is not perfect but he has, in my opinion, far more chance than Jeremy Corbyn of exposing this conservative party for what they are. Chancers and self-servers, crooks and pyramid salesmen.

Once they are gone, I hope a modern and politically astute Labour Party can go somewhere to rebuilding our country in a fairer way. It’s time to move on, I just worry that some members aren’t capable of it. That will mean the Labour Party will go on getting bad results.

I wish Keir Starmer well.

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