DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Shifty Sir Keir risks a coalition of chaos
On Friday morning, after the scale of the Tory rout in the local polls became clear, Sir Keir Starmer cockily claimed that Labour was on course to win an overall majority at the next general election.
Yesterday, his braggadocio came back to haunt him. With it sinking in that his party had failed to secure the decisive breakthrough they’d need to seize Downing Street, the burgundy-faced blowhard ate humble pie.
Seven times Labour’s leader was asked during a TV interview whether he would do a grubby backroom deal with the duplicitous Liberal Democrats if he didn’t triumph outright. Seven times he refused to answer.
Last year, he insisted earnestly that he had ‘ruled out a coalition with anyone’. Sir Flip-Flop has struck again.
Does anyone seriously believe that a man so obsessed with getting to No 10 that he has broken nearly every political pledge he’s ever made would pass up any opportunity to grab the keys? He simply can’t be trusted.
Last year, Keir Starmer insisted earnestly that he had ‘ruled out a coalition with anyone’. Sir Flip-Flop has struck again
Refusing to rule out a pact with the Lib Dems in the event of a hung parliament shows he is not only unconvinced he can triumph. It also graphically illustrates the disdain in which he holds the electorate.
When people mark their ‘X’, they should be confident in knowing precisely what they are voting for – ranging from rolling back Brexit to gender self-ID, open borders and much else.
If the Lib Dems end up holding the balance of power at Westminster, Sir Ed Davey’s chief requirement for sustaining Labour in office would be another divisive EU referendum – a concession that Remainer-in-chief Sir Keir could happily agree to, even if it meant going against the explicit wishes of the majority of voters.
It would also risk the introduction of a proportional representation voting system, an act of constitutional vandalism designed to keep the Left – and their pernicious ideological obsessions – in power for ever.
Sir Keir likes nothing more than to lecture others about the importance of honesty and integrity in public life. But when it comes to transparency about leading a coalition of chaos, he is a master of evasion.
A vision for Britain
Rishi Sunak is lucky that his principal political opponent is an obvious and stuffy dud to whom the public hasn’t warmed.
But to give the Tories a fighting chance of clinging on to power at the election, the Prime Minister must do two things.
First, start delivering on the laudable five pledges he made on the economy, the NHS and tackling small boats. And secondly, set out a grander vision for Britain.
Rishi Sunak should heed Margaret Thatcher’s words before her 1979 triumph: ‘We want to be elected so we can do better, not because we couldn’t possibly do worse’
His promise last night to stand up against ‘woke’ attempts to undermine women’s rights and denigrate this country’s proud history is an excellent next step. After all, Sir Keir struggles to even define a woman.
Mr Sunak should heed Margaret Thatcher’s words before her 1979 triumph: ‘We want to be elected so we can do better, not because we couldn’t possibly do worse.’
Having the opportunity to buy a decent home is a linchpin of free-market capitalism. The Tories’ failure to increase housing stock sufficiently betrays a whole generation’s aspirations.
Of course, no one wants to concrete over green fields. And curbing excessive immigration, too, would reduce housing need. But surrendering to older Nimby activists and reducing property development means prices will remain far beyond the reach of many, pushing younger voters into Labour’s arms.
Mrs Thatcher knew that you can’t expect people without capital, or the hope of acquiring it, to be capitalists. Mr Sunak must show he understands this lesson.
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