Keir Starmer is looking like he’s about to trash decades of proud history between the Labour Party and Liverpool. Not that his move should surprise anyone.
Liverpool: the eye of a storm
The Times has reported on Starmer. It says that he’s going to back the Tory government on their planned takeover of Liverpool. This comes amid an ongoing criminal investigation into members of the Labour-run council. As The Canary previously reported:
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has been released on bail after being arrested by detectives investigating allegations of bribery and witness intimidation. The allegations are linked to building deals in the city. Anderson was arrested with four other people.
The London Economic also wrote:
Anderson has not been charged and has consistently denied wrongdoing – but resigned his post, with a successor to be elected in May.
has looked specifically at the council’s regeneration, property management, highways and planning departments.
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Let the Tory takeover commence
Then, on Wednesday 24 March local government secretary Robert Jenrick revealed what the Tories were doing about Liverpool. As the Echo reported, he:
stopped short of ordering a full takeover of the council, with commissioners instead being sent to oversee specific functions within the planning, highways and regeneration directorate.
Mr Jenrick spoke on the findings of a government inspection report into the council’s operations that was damming in its assessment of aspects of the council’s operations.
He said the report, by Max Caller, illustrated that there was a “pervasive and rotten culture” within the council and a “culture of intimidation” among some teams of staff there.
Commissioners will likely be sent to work at the council for a maximum of three years in an attempt to improve the governance of the city.
Starmer: clusterfucking to the max
So, apparently Starmer backs all this:
Merseyside once again assumes central stage in Labour's forever war: Keir Starmer will back a central government takeover of Liverpool, report @patrickkmaguire, @hzeffman @char_wace. This after a stitch up to select city's next mayor. Feels, erm, unlikely to soothe the left https://t.co/wlpwtgKJZm
— Gabriel Pogrund (@Gabriel_Pogrund) March 24, 2021
Then, Jenrick’s shadow in Labour. Steve Reed, said in parliament the party would be investigating its Liverpool council.
The SKWAWKBOX called Starmer’s move a “low and craven betrayal”. He left people on social media furious:
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) March 24, 2021
It would appear Keir Starmer is going to back the government’s takeover of Liverpool Council.
This is the beginning of the end.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) March 24, 2021
Shambolic doesn’t cover it
Starmer has refused to oppose the Tory takeover of Liverpool.
The Northern Independence Party believes that the people of Liverpool should be the ones to hold corrupt politicians to account…
Instead, it seems that both Westminster parties want to impose the rule of Tory minister Robert Jenrick, who has faced corruption allegations himself.
We believe the Labour Party is not fit to represent Liverpool
What a mess. And the situation is even more of one when viewed in a fuller context: from the ongoing ‘Labour purge’ to the party’s barring of left-wing candidates in the Liverpool Mayor election. If Starmer was hoping to annihilate the party at local level – then he’s going the right way about it. And he’s playing directly into the Tories’ hands, with one of the ‘reddest’ cities in the UK. Shambolic doesn’t cover it.
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