Sir Keir Rodney Starmer. He’s been leader of the opposition for a few months now but is he any good? Mr Starmer was elected Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras on the 7th May 2015 and sees himself as a “moral socialist”. After just four months he was promoted to the role of Shadow Minister of State for Immigration; a position he held until June 2016. In October 2016 he was promoted to Shadow Secretary of the State for Exiting the European Union. Now, anyone that cares to remember the Brexit debates will know that Labour’s policy on Brexit was as clear as mud. One minute, they were for honouring the referendum, the next minute they weren’t. Then they decided we needed a second referendum dubbed “a people’s vote”. Prior to his political career, in 1987, he became a barrister. He worked at the Middle Temple, where he became a bencher in 2009. He was also a member of Doughty Street Chambers where he mainly worked on human rights issues. He was appointed to Queen’s Counsel in April 2002 as well as being made joint head of Doughty Street Chambers that same year. He was human rights adviser to the Northern Ireland Policing Board and the Association of Chief Police Officers. He was also a member of the Foreign Office Death Penalty Advisory Panel from 2002 to 2008 and from 2008 until 2013 he was Director of Public Prosecutions.
Starmer has called for an increase in income tax for the top 5% of earners and has also called for the Conservatives Party’s cuts in corporation tax to be reversed. Here are successful people that have worked hard, successful businesses that have built up from nothing and Labour want them to contribute even more money than they already do. He also wants to scrap university fees for students and have the British taxpayer fund them instead. Mandatory education in the UK is for those up to the age of 18. University is a choice, and if you make the choice to go, then you must pay for it. The British taxpayer, absolutely, should not be paying for that. Starmer has also proposed what he calls, a system of ‘national wellbeing indicators’ to measure the country’s performance in areas such as inequality, health, homelessness and the environment. Not only does this sound like one of the most patronising and degrading things I’ve ever heard but it reminds me of those behaviour based traffic light systems you used to get in primary school when you were 5 years old and the teacher would ask you to move your name if you were being a little horror.
Starmer on immigration
He also wants an immigration system based on “compassion and dignity”. Which we know would entail letting thousands and thousands of ‘refugees’ into the country followed by more failed integration. Unprecedented amounts of benefits would be handed out to look after them and as usual, the British taxpayer foots the bill. He also wants an end to indefinite detention centres and has called for closures of centres such as Yarls Wood; a detention centre in Milton Ernest where foreign nationals are held before they are deported.
Same old labour
Starmer claims he wants to “stand up for working people” by working with trade unions and increasing the minimum wage. This can only be done with a strong economy, creating jobs, which you won’t get from a socialist big government leadership. When Labour were last in government, unemployment rose to 8%. Under the Conservative party’s leadership, it’s since dropped to 4%. Under Gordon Brown’s Labour government, poverty levels in the UK (for everyone) reached 15 million people. This has since dropped to 14 million under the Conservative government. In the words of Ronald Reagan, “the best social programme is a job” – and it is. Job’s do not get created under socialist leaderships. Freedom and capitalism will always benefit the country financially; it provides more incentive and encourages innovation. It gives consumers the freedom to make their own choices and prevents big government. Lack of big government means less government intervention and subsequently, makes it harder for people to rely on their government financially. I am a firm believer of making the best of a situation, no matter how bad it may be. And in a society like the UK’s I believe anyone can achieve anything if they really put their mind to it. As before, Labour’s new leader doesn’t care for the working class. He is fixated on making our immigration procedures look friendly and cuddly and on making our workers and our businesses pay more tax to prop up the poor. Labour are absolutely fine with the poor being poor, just so long as the rich are less rich. This has always been the case, and it remains unchanged. The worry for me is that Starmer comes across far more coherent and intelligent than his predecessors Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband. It is this, I feel, that will make him more of a threat in the next election – despite the continuation of disastrous policies.
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