Boris Taunts Captain Hindsight

After Guido first dubbed Sir Keir ‘Captain Hindsight’ back in April, the term has caught on – with the Prime Minister bringing it up in today’s PMQs. The PM knows where to get his news…

It’s an appropriate descriptor. Back in February and March Labour politicians were as one with the Government – rejecting Rory Stewart’s calls for school closures other unprecedented steps. The Tories, Labour, and (unanimously) SAGE all agreed against strict measures being taken. There are some people who can make legitimate arguments that the Government made missteps – namely those who said so at the time. Sir Captain Hindsight is not among them…

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Labour’s Three Day Wealth Tax U-Turn

After first dodging the question four times on Sunday, then backing the policy on Monday, Labour has now u-turned on the idea of a wealth tax altogether. Yet more classic “forensic” leadership from Starmer…

An email sent out by Labour’s press office this morning – trailing the Shadow Chancellor’s response to Rishi’s mini-budget this afternoon – proclaims Anneliese Dodds will tell the government:

“if it does increase taxes during the recovery, and cuts back on the public services we all rely on, this will damage demand and inhibit our recovery.

“Labour is not calling for tax rises – we are calling for growth.

A very different message from Sir Keir’s interview two days ago with LBC, in which he told listeners, “we are saying to the government look at the idea of a wealth tax”. A month ago, Boris accused Labour of an “agree, criticise, u-turn approach; we’ve now moved onto “dither, decide, double back”…

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Zero-Tolerance Starmer to Take Zero Action Against Reed, Labour Left Not Happy

A Labour spokesperson has said that despite saying he would discuss it with Reed after his morning LBC interview, Starmer is to take no action against his shadow local government and communities minister.

“Steve deleted the tweet and did not mean to cause any offence.”

It’s understood Reed “regrets” the language he used.

Starmer’s inaction has managed to unite the Tories and the hard left over his inconsistent responses to Reed and Rebecca Long-Bailey’s social media Semitic slipups, with Corbyn’s former spokesman and Long-Bailey campaign manager Matt Zarb-Cousin claiming Reed’s Antisemitism was “much worse” than Becky’s.

Reed is yet to publicly apologise…

UPDATE: Reed apologises

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Starmer to Address Shadow Minister’s Antisemitic Trope Tweet

After his hard-line approach with Becky Long-Bailey’s social media antisemitism, Sir Keir has said he will “talk to” shadow local government minister Steve Reed who at the weekend tweeted the “unacceptable trope” that Jewish property developer Richard Desmond is the government’s “puppet master”. Unlike Long-Bailey, he swiftly deleted the post…

Appearing on LBC this morning, Starmer said he “hadn’t seen that tweet”, though will look at it after the interview and will “discuss” it with Reed later today. Guido won’t be surprised to see a formal apology before close of play…

UPDATE: The Tories have begun piling the pressure on Starmer. This morning a Tory source was telling the press:

“Sir Keir and his team have known about this since Saturday night. Will Starmer act now to show he’s really committed to tackling antisemitism and not just ridding the party of hangovers from Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet when it’s convenient for him?”

Now 2019 MP Nicola Richards, who before becoming an MP worked for the Jewish Leadership Council and the Holocaust Educational Trust, has written to Starmer asking whether he will take the same action against his “choice to be communities secretary” as he did against Rebecca Long-Bailey. Richard Holden also observes, “Odd how Sir @Keir_Starmer seems to be making up the rules on who he kicks out of the shadow cabinet as suits his internal Labour purposes…” Labour Press remain tight-lipped for now…

Read Richards’ letter in full:

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Komrade Keir Backs Wealth Tax

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC this morning, Keir Starmer doubled down on Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds’ idea of a ‘wealth tax’ – raiding people’s savings and assets to pay for the Coronavirus spending splurge. Scratch the surface and Sir Keir’s Labour hasn’t moved that far on from Corbynism at all…

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Starmer: Boris isn’t Trump, Avoids Calling him a “Poor Leader”

In a wide-ranging interview with Sky News, Keir Starmer rejected Democrat presidential candidate Jo Biden’s description of Boris as the “physical and emotional clone of Donald Trump”, also avoiding Beth Rigby’s attempts to get him to describe the PM as a “poor leader”. TrotsApp won’t be happy about his rejection of this opportunity…

Sir Keir used the rest of the interview to double down on his opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement’s demands to defund the police – saying “my argument is we need more funding for police in this country”

He also denied his decision to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey was “not a left-right issue”, saying he has “no intention to purge the party at all”

The knight doth protest too much…

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