For Starmer fans, Hartlepool is everybody’s fault but their own

Keir Starmer, Diane Abbott, and Jeremy Corbyn
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The Labour Party has lost Hartlepool to the Tories in a by-election landslide. You might expect a failure of this scale to start a round of soul-searching. Nope. Keir Starmer’s backers are blaming everybody but themselves for this latest disaster.

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Blairite Wes Streeting was one of the first to wade in, projecting blame on to the previous leadership in what has quickly become a pattern of buck-passing.

Other prominent centrists like James “How to be Right” O’Brien also chipped in, again trying desperately to push blame on to people who haven’t been near power for over a year:

Former Labour MP and deputy leader Tom Watson got his excuses in early, telling Peston days before the vote how hard it was to come back from the 2019 knockout blow he himself helped deliver.

Former Labour MP Mike Gapes was up early to see the results come in and rehash a bad taste joke comparing Corbynism to a pandemic which has killed millions of people. Classy as ever, Mike.

For his part, former Labour MP turned Tory-appointed peer John Mann was running a masterclass in blame-shifting before 9am.

But the truth is that blaming the left, many of whom have been purged from Labour, just won’t hold water anymore. Even establishment figures like Peston are questioning how much success the Labour right will have pinning their loss on Corbyn.

Corbynism is long gone. Brexit is done and dusted. It’s time for the Labour leadership and their outriders in the press to own the Hartlepool defeat. Enjoy, Keith!

Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Launching the 2019 General Election campaign

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    1. Labour has been led since at least 1945 by people (with the exception of Michael Foot) who loathe socialism. They will blame socialists for every failure. They expelled Bevan. They castigated Benn. They left the party doing all the damage they could on the way. They believe in capitalism. They want to succeed in and through it. They want money, power, status, fame, a place in the history books. The one thing they don’t want is thoroughgoing change in our economic and social relations. They will blame Corbyn for the next thousand years. But Starmer is a vacuum. He is a hopeless politician. He is a lawyer, a manager, a bureaucrat, but he has no political passion and no idea how to inspire.

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