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1/ There's a real chance that things will get even WORSE for #Labour in the coming months. Imagine #Starmer is fined for 1 or other alleged lockdown breach but isn't challenged 4 reasons set out below. Party wld go into nxt GE as a laughing stock with lame 🦆 leader...
2/ All sensible polling analysis looks at trends. It's now been confirmed that #Starmer has led #Labour backwards in the 2022 local elections. We predicted underperformance. This was easy because of the trend of by-election losses under #Starmer. skwawkbox.org/2022/05/13/bre…
3/ But it gets worse for #Labour. Under #Starmer, the party has consistently performed worse than it did under Corbyn (forget polls, think real elections). According to this trend #Labour doing worse in the nxt GE than it did in 2019 is a real possibility.
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1/ Agree on the "unimaginable levels of hubris &. incompetence" point but nobody is going to call for #Starmer to go. All who you'd expect to do that are feting him for his "integrity". Lansman has even said the left shld defend his position.
2/ There've been many opportunities to depose #starmer in the last 2 yrs:
The withdrawal of whip from JC, Hartlepool defeat, etc.

The SCG has now closed ranks around him. Hard to see a legit pretext for challenge from the right, other than "he is useless"
3/ Moreover, the role of #Labour leader is now a poisoned chalice for a careerist. The party is on course for defeat at nxt GE which may be sooner rather than later. Does #Labour's next leader want to head into an electoral defeat & be branded a loser before they've got going?
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1/ A thread on why this is a stupid idea:
Starmer doesn't want to quit.

What if #Starmer is found to have broken the and fined and decides he doesn't want to stand down? That would look even worse.
2/ Fines aren't the only penalty for breaching lockdown laws, so it is feasible that #Starmer can be found to have broken the law but not fined. inews.co.uk/news/uk/covid-….
His reputation would be ruined but would he still stay on to drag Labour down at the next election.
3/ If he is fined and has to resign, #Labour will have to run a leadership contest. There could be a long contest and a new leader won't have time to establish themselves before an election.
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1/8 I find all of this staggering, @DurhamPCC seem to have covered for #Labour and @Keir_Starmer using lack of evidence as the excuse.

There is a video of the incident FFS.

But ok, this may not have been known at the initial clearing...

telegraph.co.uk/politics/2022/…
2/8 ...#KeirStarmer used the whitewash clearing of him by @DurhamPCC as a declaration of his innocence and seems to be suggesting he was cleared of wrongdoing on the facts, but this is not true, not in the slightest.

This is an egregious error by Starmer...
3/8 What @DurhamPCC said "we did not believe an offense has been 'established' in relation to the legislation and guidance in place at the time the footage was taken", so on the weight of the video alone, the alleged offense was not established, and here is where it unravels...
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🚨🚨 NEW FABIAN REPORT 🚨🚨

2 million older voters who did not support Labour in 2019 would consider doing so now.

This is one of the findings of our latest report ‘A mature approach – How can Labour reconnect with older voters’

Find out more in the 🧵 below…
Until recently, older voters have turned away from Labour since the party left office in 2010.

In 2019, support from over-55s reached a record breaking low
There will be no future Labour PM unless more older voters vote Labour

They are much more likely to vote; a high share previously vote Conservative; and many are supportive of Labour’s core values. On average, Labour’s target seats are ‘older’ than the seats it won in 2019.
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#TowerHamlets #LabourParty promised 2,000 NEW homes.
In 7 yrs, they managed only 10%. Meanwhile #Labour allowed for public land (inc. greenspace) to be gobbled up by private developers building thousands of overpriced shoeboxes.
Look also to what they did to @TrevesAndLister.
At least 20 Labour cllrs have had shocking performance indicators in terms of their public engagement, number of members inquiries they've initiated, value of return on investment when "Special Responsibility" xpenses are considered + the number of committees/ boards they sit on.
One cllr has been such a no show in 4 years, her ward residents believed they didn't have a cllr. Granted she had a year off for maternity but her group clearly didn't fill in for her. Furthermore, her "Special Responsibility to Young people" has not been good value for money.
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WOW! I just had a Labour candidate and 2 campaigners knock the door. My daughter answered and told them I had covid, when she brought their leaflet in and I realised who had been at the door I rushed over and called them back (asking them to stay back as I was positive). /1
I was completely unprepared and I am not the best at explaining myself but I couldn't just let them walk off. I exained I was voting on a single issue and I wanted to ask something that no one seems able to answer... what is a woman? /2
They all immediately looked uncomfortable and laughed and the campainers tried to answer by using words like 'assigned' and 'gender'. One even told me I was a woman lol! Yes I know I am a women but please define woman lol /3
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"The erosion of meaningful culture, the domination of corporate & state media [] the loss of a knowledgable audience. And as one sees w/ the Russophobic response to Ukraine, the entire pandemic only served as a precursor to some complete mental collapse."

john-steppling.com/2022/03/dockin…
"And perhaps the best place (or one of them) to start is with ideas of #autonomy, #AI, and #tech (#media). For #automation and the internet have both, in their own ways, contributed hugely to the layers of mystification surrounding everything in the #capitalist west today."
"#AI seeks to achieve the same control over mental processes that #scientific management sought to achieve over physical #labour [in 2nd industrial revolution] through a process of rationalization, fragmentation, mechanization and routinization."
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A sincere, no BS, friendly message (and strategy) to all #StarmerOut folks.

It's a long 🧵but please read.

#KeirStarmer #Starmer #Labour #labourdoorstep #LabourParty #ProgressiveAlliance #SocialistSunday #socialism #Progressives #progressive #FBPE #FBPA
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Firstly, there's no disagreement between us. Starmer has proven one of the most ingenuine politicians in our history. He has repeatedly rowed back on his leadership pledges & sentiments and proven untrustworthy in his words and actions as leader.
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He has been a babe in the woods. Policy illiterate and not particularly interested in ideas. Electorally inept, taking the hand of his elders when he's lost and then caught in the headlights when the strategy handed to him doesn't work.
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Ange pulled from car by #cops. Assaulted & arrested. Had bare feet in freezing temps/snow for over an hr. After arrest & they smashed car windows out. He now has nothing but clothes he is wearing. Car impounded. A #local663's $50 donation went to Ange for medication. #labour
"We actually have the ability to confiscate those vehicles and sell them. And I want to see them sold. I don't want the return to these people..." -- #Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson

#EmergenciesAct #ClassWar

cbc.ca/news/canada/ot…
And working women. If you doubt how critical the working class is, consider the Sheraton Hotel had no idea if they would rooms available on Sat. because it was not known if 5 cleaning staff would be allowed through #checkpoints. The entire hotel wholly dependent on 5 people.
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1/ Been an awful week for #Tories in Westminster but in real elections in the real world #Labour has been crashing and burning. OK, so local by elections aren't individually representative of national trends...
2/ But taken together, the results show a clear swing AGAINST #Labour that isn't being picked up in opinion polls between them.
If you have to choose, go by the actual results cast in real elections.
3/ How to explain the discrepancy? Could be that a lot of the Tory "don't knows" who've given #Starmer his lead are in fact voting Tory when they turn out. Of course, young people are traditionally more likely to vote #Labour and less likely to vote in by-elections. That said...
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1/ It was shocking at the time & remains so now that the Momentum "left" considered this a legitimate position People said at the time: "what else was she supposed to do?"
Not excuse #apartheid.
PPL who said so at the time were dismissed as "cranks."
#AmnestyInternational
2/ It's wrong to single out RLB, a decent person badly advised. Rather, it illustrates a broader problem on the soft left of British politics: a desire to be accepted by the establishment & mainstream media. Too often, positions are not taken for reasons of truth & accuracy...
3/ but to please institutions and organisations that will NEVER willingly accept a left wing Government. This led to the dumping of arguments that were not only defensible on grounds of basic fact but could have been used to advance progressive causes...
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1/ Thread on why #Labour is on course to lose and what it's current trajectory and strategy suggests for its future:

It's tiny lead is declining, suggesting, as many of us have explained previously, support is soft. The softness of #Labour support is a feature of "strategy"...
2/ #Starmer wants to win over former #Tory voters alienated by #Johnson's more than usually explicit corruption. As #Corbyn was aware (and demonstrated more effectively than Miliband and Brown) , winning an election requires expanding #Labour's supporter base...
3/ But this isn't what #Starmer is doing. His strategy seems to be based more on out of date 1990s dogma than actual electoral politics. It assumes that swing voters won't be attracted to #Labour if they percieve it to be "too left wing"...
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1\ Serious question time: Remember the last time we had a cold war and there were HUGE #nuclearban rallies? Things like @Greenpeace got started. We are in a pandemic. Where are the anti-proliferation rallies for #bioweapons? Image
2\ For that matter where are the campaigning groups pushing back against #climate hostile #geoengineering practices like atmospheric seeding? theguardian.com/world/2021/dec…
3\ Where is the pushback against plans to seed Earth's orbit with thousands of vision and sensor blocking #SpaceX #Starlink satellites, which will eventually become #spacejunk? scientificamerican.com/article/spacex…
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10 years ago today, I was in court against #Carillion & they admitted that:
1. they blacklisted me
2. their managers provided the information on my files
3. the reason was for my union activities
4. the reason was for my H&S activities
5. that the #blacklist caused me a detriment
My legal team were David Renton @dkrenton & @owens_declan. Later joined by @JohnHendyQC.
My #blacklisting test case against #Carillion & UK gov went to the European Court of Human Rights.
Lawyers who get politics, as well as the law, are hide to find. I can’t thank them enough ✊
Over the years, #blacklisted workers secured new legislation, a High Court trial, new European regs, new public procurement protocols, a select committee investigation into #blacklisting & exposing the role of #spycops. Proud to have stood alongside these working class heroes.
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Under Keir Starmer's leadership Labour have been losing their vote share in council and by-elections across the country, making greater losses than in GE 2019, despite that year’s smearing of Labour and its leadership (now pretty much ‘on hold’).

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#Starmer #KeirStarmer
Is this poor voter performance and Starmer’s continuing unpopularity the result of strategic mistakes on the part of him and his team?

Let’s look at what appear to be Sir Keir Starmer’s top ten errors of judgement.

2/16
#Starmer #KeirStarmer #Labour #mistakes
KEIR STARMER’S TOP 10 MISTAKES
Mistake No.10: Being Starmer

It was a strategic error for Labour to choose a leader so stale, male & pale he makes even ultra-privileged Johnson look anti-establishment. Tactically, should Starmer have put himself fwd for the leadership role?

3/16
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"We lost that Gen Election under a barrage of media attacks..
We also lost because of the activities of the right in the Labour movement &elsewhere that undermined a Labour campaign that was about transforming our society&challenging elitist control of the media"

Facts.

Thread:
" @UKLabour party officials opposed to @jeremycorbyn worked to lose the 2017 general election in the hope that a bad result would trigger a leadership contest to oust him, a dossier drawn up by the party suggests..."

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independent.co.uk/news/uk/politi…
"A huge cache of leaked WhatsApp messages and emails show senior officials from the party’s right wing, who worked at its HQ, became despondent as Labour climbed in the polls during the election campaign despite their efforts."

2/2

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1/ thread on why the @jeremycorbyn situation has backfired massively on #Starmer and #Labour generally. #Corbyn
2/ Firstly, to understand how this has happened requires an understanding of #Corbyn himself, who has been woefully mischaracterised in soft left accounts of his period as leader, perhaps most notably (for the left) @OwenJones84's "This Land"...
3/ #Corbyn is not "indecisive". Thankfully he's not a weathervane either. When making a decision he considers a range of views before determining the correct course of action. When comes to a view he sticks to it firmly and usually he is right.
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The removal of long-standing supporters of a Directly Elected Executive Mayor (DEEM) as @CroydonLabour candidates in the local election is route 1 to Labour losing. My candidature being #rescinded for re-interview, @JamieAudsley being removed as cllr & not being allowed to be 1/6
considered in a Labour members' postal ballot, as a very good Labour candidate for Mayor, after being the by far leading male candidate in terms of votes at well attended constituency party meetings & the blocking of DEMOC activist & former candidate Ranil Perera 2/6
reveals a #Labour party entirely unreconciled to having a Directly Elected Executive Mayor. Voters, quite reasonably, will take the view "If Labour don't like the job. Let someone else do it." 3/6
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In case you missed it, a #Brexit Party candidate, Stephen Peddie, was found guilty this week of threatening to shoot #Labour MP Dawn Butler in the Head.

Peddie owns a licensed firearm. Image
@jdpoc Peddie claimed it was justified in response to spending carried out by the MP on her property, reported by Idiot Toby Young @toadmeister … which turned out to be a complete myth.

Young’s post incited the death threat. Image
@jdpoc Peddie was bailed to await sentencing in February, meanwhile the #Brexit’er plans to appeal, if necessary, all the way to the European Court of Human Rights. The irony. Image
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1/10 #BREXIT – A LONG VIEW IN A SHORT THREAD: The EU (previously the EEC or Common Market) was the lifeboat that Britain jumped into (very enthusiastically) after the Empire sank and the prospects for further exploitation of our former colonies receded. #Max12to1
2/10 Any good history of Britain post-WW2 (e.g. Ben Pimlott’s biography of Harold Wilson 👇 – highly recommended) shows how fundamentally shattered the British economy was after 1945. We have never really recovered. #Max12to1 goodreads.com/book/show/1756…
3/10 The economy lurched from crisis to crisis under both #Tory and #Labour govts, with the balance of payments in particular disarray as we struggled to come to terms with the over-valuing of our currency in a world that now looked to the mighty dollar instead. #Max12to1
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Short 🧵 [Please RT] Former #ANC #MP & #AntiApartheid campaigner w/ Archbishop Desmond #Tutu, .@andrewfeinstein, powerfully shreds .@Keir_Starmer & his amoral party’s record on #Apartheid in this #DDN video:
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Some brief quotes:

“It is incredibly hypocritical of our political leaders to praise Desmond Tutu, the person who fought & overcame #Apartheid in the past while, at the same time, they are stifling & trying to prevent us from halting #Apartheid today. 2/4
The reality that Desmond Tutu would be expelled from the .@UKLabour Party today for his support for #BDS against #Israel is a reflection on the current morality of .@Keir_Starmer’s #Labour Party. That is not the legacy of Archbishop Tutu. 3/4
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A few facts for the people like @DavidLammy.
Because there is plenty he& @UKLabour should be apologising about,
Voting for a man of integrity isn't one of them.

#DavidLammy

"Corbyn was very popular with the actual membership of the party:.."

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opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocra…
"People wanted a change,& Corbyn represented that. He also represented integrity, selflessness, consistency& commitment in a profession increasingly notable for their absence. But the backroom boys and girls in the Labour party had made up their minds that they knew better.."

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"And it's clear now that from the very beginning they worked day and night to undermine him – and any MP who supported him."

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#DavidLammy
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1/ Another thread on the awful #NationalityandBordersBill: a lot of commentators are saying that the Bill "creates second-class citizens of millions of Britain’s dual nationals" or allows "the Home Secretary" to strip citizenship without warning". As usual the reality's worse...
2/ As is true of left commentators' rhetoric on the "Tory #HealthAndCareBill", the idea that the #NationalityandBordersBill makes "second class citizens of dual nationals", overlooks the problems brought in by #Labour legislation: the 2006 Immigration Asylum and Citizenship Act.
3/ The truth is that the Home Secretary has had the power to withdraw citizenship since 2006. The new legislation "just" ensures that citizenship can be withdrawn without telling them first. This will obviously make it harder for people to challenge. #NationalityandBordersBill
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