Wednesday 29 September 2021
Tough On The Causes
The Conservatives get nothing like the credit that they deserve from what are these days called the woke, and Labour gets nothing like the credit that it deserves from the war and order brigade.
The phenomena that are classified as wokery have arisen entirely since 2010, while Labour Governments have always been the most belligerent both abroad and at home.
Keir Starmer has just made it clear that the latter record would remain intact. We all know that the former will, and that neither Boris Johnson nor anyone else will ever be asked about it.
When Chris Mason asked Kim Leadbeater how Starmer's rhetoric, if it could have been so described, could be squared with Labour's votes against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, then all that she could find to say was that she had not been an MP at the time.
Only the murder of Sarah Everard prevented a Labour whip either to abstain on that internationally infamous Bill or to vote in favour it. The Leadership and its supporters have no played no role whatever in the mass opposition to it.
Starmer, or David Lammy, or Nick Thomas-Symonds, or some such person now needs to be asked whether or not a future Labour Government would repeal the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act. That would be a yes-no question.