Keir Starmer: The Bystander’s removal of politics from Labour

Immediately after publication of an unsurprising and unremarkable report by Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) following an investigation into antisemitism in the Labour party, Keir Starmer suspended Jeremy Corbyn’s membership of the party. 

There was no justification for Corbyn’s suspension and Starmer bypassed all procedural processes.  His suspension of Corbyn was entirely political and the decision to do so was made as soon as Starmer became leader of Labour.  The timing of the suspension was opportunistic.

Starmer is desperate, very desperate, to appeal to conservatives (small ‘c’).  This includes so-called “swing” voters, but his main desired audience members are newspapers proprietors and journalists, wealthy donors, think-tanks and the corporate world.  He wants their support, their acclaim and, of course, for the donors, their money.  He wants them to believe that he is a trustworthy advocate of maintaining the exploitative status quo.

Starmer is keen to prove that he is from the David Cameron/Nick Clegg mold of bland conservative leaders.  His invented persona of The Bystander is intended to exude absence and abstention.  He wants Labour to be anti-politics, to be a potential administration not a government.  His goal is to make the exploitative elite feel comfortable and safe.

Opinions, passion, integrity, policy and vision are anathema to Starmer’s objectives as Labour leader.  He won’t tolerate any of that behaviour.  Even the normally-gormless Stephen Kinnock was chastised for daring to express an opinion.

The suspension of Jeremy Corbyn fitted Starmer’s strategy.  The latter needs all of Labour to comply with his Bystander ethos.  Obviously, Corbyn would never do that.  Nor would some of his Labour colleagues.  It is unlikely that Corbyn’s suspension will be the last opportunistic removal of a political Labour MP by Starmer.

Starmer stinks of death.  On the other side of the House of Commons, the most corrupt government since Wellington’s in 1828 is driving the UK headlong into a destructive no deal Brexit hole while throwing billions of pounds at its corporate friends via Covid-19 contract awards.  Johnson and his gang are destroying the country.  It is precisely the time when political opposition is needed to save public infrastructure and to stop rampant theft, but Starmer’s Labour are opposed to opposition and are focussed on remaining still, disturbing nothing and saying nothing.

Corbyn’s suspension will not alter his work as an MP, in his constituency and in the House of Commons, and it will not change views people have of him whether supportive or not.  It has allowed the Tories to move, momentarily, back from the centre of the news as Covid-19 deaths rise rapidly and Brexit “plans” are as ephemeral as ever.  Undoubtedly, the EHRC’s timing for the publication of their report was considered carefully to distract from Tories’ calamitous decision-making.

Starmer is digging himself into a hole of compliance that will become increasingly more difficult to leave, but he probably won’t mind that.

Recommended reading
Ronan Burtenshaw: Jeremy Corbyn’s Suspension Is About Crushing the Left
Rachael Cousins: Starmer’s Mortal Wound On The Soul Of The Labour Party
Rachael Cousins: Starmer Versus The Left: A Very Uncivil War
Tommy Sheridan: Corbyn Suspended for Telling the Truth
Sanders & Oborne: By suspending Corbyn, Starmer is tearing Labour apart

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Keir Starmer: The Bystander’s removal of politics from Labour

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