This week was Keir Starmer’s first anniversary of being Labour leader. So, enter Jeremy Corbyn to show us what a mess Starmer’s made of it.
Starmer’s time as leader has been both contentious and unsurprising. From a series of rebrandings to writing in right-wing papers and ‘out-Torying the Tories‘, Starmer has been dire. Rachael Swindon noted in a recent article that:
Nearly every day for a year I have asked on Twitter – “I wonder how the Labour Party will disappoint us today?” – and nearly every day the Labour Party will answer the question for me, exceeding my expectations of their awfulness, time after time.
On Good Friday, Starmer managed to clusterfuck again. Because he visited a homophobic church. But it was perhaps Joe‘s mock-up of Starmer in the Disney song I Wanna Be Like You which best summed up his time in charge:
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) February 1, 2021
So, all in all, Starmer is proving a disaster. Now enter Corbyn to remind everyone how leadership should be done.
Corbyn bringing the fire
Corbyn was speaking at a London #KillTheBill demonstration on Saturday 3 April. He said that the Police Bill protests:
should also be taken in the context of a series of piece of legislation that this government is trying to push through that place over there [parliament]. The Spy Cops Bill; the Overseas Operations Bill; all these bills designed to empower the secretary of state to legislate beyond the powers of parliament; to restrict protest; to organise counter surveillance operations and so many other things.
— Stand Up To Racism (@AntiRacismDay) April 3, 2021
“it’s the brave people who have stood up that have changed history” –@jeremycorbyn. he goes on to talk about the history of struggle, from suffragettes, trade unionism and the anti-apartheid movement and how integral protest has been too them.
— huck (@HUCKmagazine) April 3, 2021
Corbyn also sent solidarity to the Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) community – a pointed remark given Labour’s recent racist anti-GRT leaflets:
“i stand with the gypsy, romani and traveller community” says @jeremycorbyn to huge cheers before stating “the road to oppression is the silence of the majority”
— huck (@HUCKmagazine) April 3, 2021
The former Labour leader wrapped-up his speech by saying:
I want to live in a world of peace and justice. I want to live in a world of human rights and democracy.
— Michael Petch (@MichaellPetch) April 3, 2021
People on social media were impressed:
Seeing this reminds me why I admire him so much. He may never be PM but he speaks in ways I can connect with. I'm so glad to see him still campaigning like this.
— Raven 🦁💙 (@RuthieR) April 3, 2021
— Prof Gayle Letherby 💙 #PeaceAndJustice (@gletherby) April 4, 2021
“My voice will not be stilled, I’ll be around, I’ll be campaigning, I’ll be arguing, & I’ll be demanding justice for the people of this country”@JeremyCorbyn meant what he said.
A true servant of the people; titles are good, purpose better.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) April 4, 2021
Sadly, Corbyn’s voice is now a minority in parliament. And his message is far removed from Starmer’s.
Could it get any worse?
As Swindon summed up:
I can already tell you how the Labour Party will disappoint us today, and I mean *this* Labour Party.
Simply by existing.
Could the next year of Starmer’s leadership be worse than this one? Yeah. Don’t answer that.
We know everyone is suffering under the Tories - but the Canary is a vital weapon in our fight back, and we need your support
The Canary Workers’ Co-op knows life is hard. The Tories are waging a class war against us we’re all having to fight. But like trade unions and community organising, truly independent working-class media is a vital weapon in our armoury.
The Canary doesn’t have the budget of the corporate media. In fact, our income is over 1,000 times less than the Guardian’s. What we do have is a radical agenda that disrupts power and amplifies marginalised communities. But we can only do this with our readers’ support.
So please, help us continue to spread messages of resistance and hope. Even the smallest donation would mean the world to us.