Tuesday, 25 October 2022
Together We Can Achieve Incredible Things
When I was in my twenties, the same man was Prime Minister for 10 years. No one would vote for him now, of course. But even so, he was. On Rishi Sunak's first day, Labour's lead here on the Red Wall has fallen from 40 per cent to 28 per cent. In one day. That would still translate into a very good result for Labour, but it is only the start.
Hit Keir Starmer hard. Operation Elveden. The Horizon Post Office prosecutions. Ian Tomlinson. Jean Charles de Menezes. Spycops. Trying to give 10-year stretches to "benefit frauds" who had merely filled in forms incorrectly. John Worboys. Jimmy Savile. And much else besides. Even Julian Assange, if Sunak really wanted to win.
A brown Prime Minister who stood at the Despatch Box and took on Starmer and his cabal over the Forde Report and The Labour Files would change the game completely. After the Red Wall, let the Black Wall fall, even if only to mass abstention in the first instance.
Starmer versus Liz Truss could have resulted in a Labour overall majority, but Starmer versus Sunak will result in a hung Parliament. To strengthen families and communities by securing economic equality and international peace through the democratic political control of the means to those ends, including national and parliamentary sovereignty, we need to hold the balance of power. Owing nothing to either main party, we must be open to the better offer. There does, however, need to be a better offer. Not a lesser evil, which in any case the Labour Party is not.