Keir Starmer elected leader of UK Labour Party

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-52164589

We'll have to wait and see but given people like George Osborne were endorsing him I'm not sure if this bodes well for Labour or not. Starmer seems to be favoured more by the neoliberal side of Labour but has also said he wants to maintain Labour's socialist policies to some extent. He comes from a working class background which is a plus although I'm not sure if that will be enough to win back northern working class voters who were put off by Labour's PV stance which was pushed by Starmer himself.

So I guess we've either got a new leader who can bring together both the moderate and leftist wings of the Labour party or just another milquetoast Blairite.


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Labour are in a really fucking tough spot with their voter base right now. Metropolitan liberals of the South and London who are anti brexit, and the North who are pro brexit anti establishment.

They risk alienating either faction by keeping Corbynism or going with a Blairite due to the schism. Can't quite put my finger on Starmer but he's giving me British Biden vibes to say the least.


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I think his choice of shadow cabinet should give a good early indicator of the direction he might take Labour in. Though if he does go for a compromise route and loses the next election that'll basically guarantee that the next leader will be a full-on Blairite.

Rosena Allin-Khan seems like an obvious choice for Health Sec right now, don't know much about her positions but having an actual NHS doctor in the shadow cabinet, especially in the current crisis opposite Matt Hancock of all people, may be beneficial. Just please don't give Jess Phillips a position.

EDIT: some positions coming out now
Shadow Chancellor - Anneliese Dodds
Foreign Secretary - Lisa Nandy
Home Secretary - Nick Thomas-Symonds
Cabinet Office - Rachel Reeves
Health Secretary - Jon Ashworth
Last Edit: April 05, 2020, 12:21:09 PM by Fedorekd


 
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"Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer"

don't know what that means but it sounds awesome


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"Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer"

don't know what that means but it sounds awesome
It's basically the oppositions answer to the British equivalent of the treasury secretary.


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Ed Miliband is Shadow Business Secretary.

Yep, I'm thinking he's back.


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Well if the leaked report is anything to go by, Labour truly is fucked.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/apr/12/hostility-to-corbyn-curbed-labour-efforts-to-tackle-antisemitism-says-leaked-report

This is somehow more sinister than what the Democrats have been doing. Blairites really are fucking ghouls. We could be three years into a Labour government if not for these people.

Some choice passages from the report:
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Well if the leaked report is anything to go by, Labour truly is fucked.

Jesus christ man, these arseholes ruined it for everyone. Why not just join the Tories if they insist on pushing right wing policies, at this rate their the only ones implementing anything.

Where are the screengrabs from the report from? I can't find a link on the guardian article to read myself.


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Well if the leaked report is anything to go by, Labour truly is fucked.

Jesus christ man, these arseholes ruined it for everyone. Why not just join the Tories if they insist on pushing right wing policies, at this rate their the only ones implementing anything.

Where are the screengrabs from the report from? I can't find a link on the guardian article to read myself.
They're just taken from various tweets I found talking about it. I think the link to the PDF was provided on Owen Jones' Twitter at least but can't remember.


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At this point I honestly don't know who I'd vote for in the next election. Obviously not the Tories and Labour are now compromised. Lib Dems are worthless and voting for any other party is pointless with FPTP. If the past few years have proven anything it's just how flimsy our democratic process is.


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Will anyone even consider voting labor if they are not pro-EU? Quite smart to alienate people when saying people's vote or the referendum doesn't count.