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Morning Star Says Labour’s Poll Boost, “Almost Meaningless”.

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Labour Boost “Almost Meaningless”: Morning Star Hearkens Back to a ‘People’s Brexit’.

At the accession of Boris Johnson, the patricians, men and women, were at the height of their good fortune. Society and the voters recognised their superiority, which they themselves pretty calmly took for granted. They owned not only titles and estates, but donors to his cause had seats in the House of Peers, and a preponderant say in the House of Commons. There were a multitude of Government places and contrats, and not merely these, but “paid advocacy” flourished, which, until found out, members of his Party in the Palace of Westminster took not much shame in receiving. It was the good time for the Conservatives. Small blame to them if they took and enjoyed, and over-enjoyed, the prizes of politics, the pleasures of social life.

Others, sprung from the same class, took a critical view of Britain’s Prime Minister.

In June 2019, Hastings described Boris Johnson as “unfit for national office, because it seems he cares for no interest save his own fame and gratification…[his] premiership will almost certainly reveal a contempt for rules, precedent, order and stability…If the price of Johnson proves to be Corbyn, blame will rest with the Conservative party, which is about to foist a tasteless joke upon the British people – who will not find it funny for long. (Max Hastings)

“Like many showy personalities, he is of weak character. I recently suggested to a radio audience that he supposes himself to be Winston Churchill, while in reality being closer to Alan Partridge.”

Others extend this dim view of the Prime Minister to an equally dark judgement on the leader of the Labour Party.

The Morning Star opines today that Labour should take cold comfort from their rise in the polls (Editorial: As Johnson freefalls, Labour’s poll lead is almost meaningless.

Most of the recent polls show more of a shift from the Tories to the “don’t knows” than to the Labour Party, many of them electors who voted Conservative in 2019 and for Brexit in the 2016 referendum.

Some had previously voted Labour in 2017, when Jeremy Corbyn promised to honour the EU referendum result.

They have not forgotten Labour’s betrayal of that pledge in 2019 nor the name of the chief betrayer — Starmer. They don’t trust Starmer’s subsequent disavowal of any intention to take Britain back into the EU.

Who can blame them, when he has surrounded himself with shadow cabinet members and advisers whose commitment to the pro-big business, pro-market EU remains undimmed?

Editor-in-Chief Dave Spart continues,

Which brings us to the principle reason why Starmer’s bubble is just so much hot air. For many people, there is more to life and politics than Tory lies and hypocrisy, past breaches of Covid rules and even EU membership.

What is Labour saying about rising gas and electricity bills? What about Britain’s multi-faceted housing crisis? How can we upgrade our local and public services? Where should the money come from? How can we combat domestic violence? What about fairness and rights at work? What more can be done to counteract global warming?

In truth, the Labour leadership has nothing to say that is much different from the Conservatives, nothing to inspire young people and no vision of a fundamentally fairer society.

The harping on about “pro-EU” Starmer advisers and the Referendum reflects on thing: the daily was virulently pro-Leave. They claimed that quitting was a breakthrough, one that the left and labour movement would flourish in if everybody agreed to accept the result, knuckled down, and built socialism in a free sovereign Britain. Given that a section of the bourgeoisie and finance capital, and the national populist wing of the Tory Party were better placed to benefit in a Brexit they engineered this was a fantasy. A toxic one that encouraged the Conservatives in the ballot box and afterwards.

It looks as if the Morning Star still sports Widower and Widow’s Weeds at the unexpected failure of a People’s Brexit, heartily backed by the Labour Party, to happen after their successful support for a Leave Vote, along with Boris Johnson and his Party.

This is what the Communist Party of Britain believed to be close to the Morning Star, said about Labour’s 2019 Defeat,

Britain’s Communist Party blames Labour’s “Stop Brexit” stance for election defeat. December 2019.

The Labour Party secured its election defeat by shifting to a “Stop Brexit” stance, Britain’s Communist Party says.

Addressing an extended meeting of the CP political committee Monday, General Secretary Robert Griffiths said that other factors in Labour’s general election defeat should not be seized upon to obscure this “undeniable and overriding” fact.

This will be a Brexit in name only at a cost of around £33 billion ($43 billion USD)—not the ‘people’s Brexit’ that would allow a British government to support strategic industries, take transport and energy fully into public ownership, reform public procurement rules, slash Value Added Tax, regulate the labour market, and raise funds for massive investment in housing and economic infrastructure.”

For those who recall the still-born People’s Brexit idea here is another version in the House of Commons:

A PEOPLE’S BREXIT EDM (Early Day Motion)13: tabled on 21 June 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

That this House believes that the UK leaving the EU gives the opportunity for a People’s Brexit; further believes that the UK should make use of the opportunity to bring health services, railways services and postal services fully under public management and ownership; urges the Government to require procurement contracts let by public authorities to give preference to British businesses, to introduce a fair points-based immigration system, to establish devolved boards to assess local needs and capacity for immigration, to make provision about the priority accorded to British citizens for the allocation of local authority-owned housing

Mann, JohnLHopkins, Kelvin Mr Jim Godsiff, Mr Roger Hoey, Kate Stringer, GrahamLabour Signed on5 July 2017

The ‘People’s Brexit’, in any version, never happened, and was never going to happen.

Does the Man at the Helm of the ‘Daily Paper of the Left’ have an alternative for the present?


The country, according to him, is evidence that “you can run a society without surrendering to the idea that the market is always right”.

Written by Andrew Coates

December 13, 2021 at 12:58 pm

6 Responses

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  1. Yes, an extraordinary editorial that manages to combine ultra-leftism, parliamentary cretinism, defeatism and little Englandism all in the course of a few hundred words. But there is an admission tucked away in there: “For many people, there is more to life and politics than Tory lies and hypocrisy, past breaches of Covid rules *and even EU membership*” (my emphasis. I thought *nothing* was more important to the Morning Star than (opposition to) EU membership …

    Jim Denham

    December 13, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    • In its unique way it is a masterpiece.

      Have you seen Greenstein’s latest, of his regular posts on this Blog (below)?

      Andrew Coates

      December 13, 2021 at 2:48 pm

  2. Reblogged this on Tory Britain! .


    December 13, 2021 at 4:22 pm

  3. That Chacko fella has a terrible haircut, just saying


    December 13, 2021 at 10:08 pm

  4. Luckily, I’m not burdened with Gulag, Song of Russia, Berlin Wall and firing squad nostalgia. All the intellectuals of the looter persuasion over there have my pity… if little else.


    December 13, 2021 at 11:59 pm

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