It is official… the United Kingdom now has the highest death toll from coronavirus in Europe… higher than Italy… higher than Spain… and higher than France. It has been a complete scandal that so many people have died needlessly due to the failings of parliament.
Failings over the lack of protective equpiment for NHS health, care home staff and other key workers, people facing financial ruin and developing mental health issues, the lax enforcement of the already light social distancing rules, continued misleading information at press conferences, the media’s (except in a few cases) and parliament’s reluctance to hold the actions of the present government to account.
However, Starmer faces major problems on many fronts. Commentators, particularly those on the political left, weren’t exactly impressed. Leftwingers understandibly criticised the reshuffle, fearing claims that he is planning a wholesale purge of MPs and members who happen to disagree with his political worldview and plan to fight him.
There have also been reports of thousands of members and supporters were unable to get their election ballot papers, so they couldn’t cast their vote. The leadership contest was seen by many as both so dull and uninspiring that many of them either decided not to vote or quit the party altogether. As a result, the turnout was well down on the Millband (2010) and two Corbyn (2015 and 2016) contests. As I posted previously, Starmer will probably spend most of his leadership, like Corbyn and Miliband before him, trying to control the party’s huge bureaucracy.
When one sees what is happening inside Labour right now, it’s no wonder the Conservative government, in spite of their poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic, will not have anything to worry about.
According to commentators and pundits, former Mayor of London and foreign secretary Boris Johnson is set to win. But he is not having his own way. Fellow cabinet members Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove at the time of writing seem very determined to stop him. Sajid Javid is also in the running, but do any of them actually deserve to win? The candidates all have very dubious records in office, yet they expect the party’s members to vote for any of them.
We are in the middle of arguably the worst Conservative-led government in recent memory, with former PM Theresa May repeatedly hit by one crisis after another, particularly over how they handled the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
Despite recent heavy losses in both the local council and EU elections leading to a significant loss of support, there is still a perception, both in the media and the general public, that a Labour government led by left-winger Jeremy Corbyn would be a lot, lot worse. Voters simply don’t trust him, and even the mere mention of his name seem to have put even Labour voters off voting for them.
For now, having to fight a general election is the least of the Conservatives’ worries. The new leader, when elected, will still have to deal with the much-delayed EU withdrawal agreement.
Andrea Leadsom – Continue insisting that the best way to conduct a complex diplomatic negotiation is to threaten to shoot yourself in the head on a specific date if you don’t get exactly what you want.
Esther McVey & Dominic Raab – Launch a political coup against parliamentary sovereignty to force through a ruinous “no deal” Brexit designed to enrich their wealthy mates who are busy speculating against Britain & British assets in anticipation of this Tory-engineered crash.