Yesterday evening, Sam Coates of Sky News brought news of a poll conducted among Labour Party members. “YouGov polled 1,059 Labour members. Here’s who they put down as their first preference … shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer comes out on top, getting 31% of first preferences. Corbynite favourite and shadow business secretary Rebeca Long Bailey comes out second on 20%”. Only one other name broke 10%.
And that was Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips, who got 11%. Other mooted hopefuls, including Clive Lewis, Yvette Cooper, Emily Thornberry and Lisa Nandy, managed between 5% and 7%. YouGov might not be some Labour members’ first choice as a pollster, but this is a clear indication of how that membership is thinking. And the prospect of Starmer as Labour leader has sent the right-wing press into a spin.
Although Coates reminded viewers “There are plenty of caveats when it comes to working out Jeremy Corbyn’s successor. A poll isn’t a prediction, some candidates may yet enter the race, and it might not include some of the other categories of supporter … eligible to vote”, the news has been taken by the Tories’ media pals as the starting signal.
That’s starting signal, as in starting to sling mud at the likely front runners. As usual, the Daily Mail was in a league of its own in nodding and winking, telling “Sir Keir Starmer is the early front-runner to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader, according to the first major poll of the contest”. He’s a Sir, which means aloof and snob! And there was more.
“The centrist shadow Brexit secretary would beat Rebecca Long Bailey by 61 per cent to 39 per cent in a run-off, according to the YouGov survey. The poll, reported by the Guardian, shows Mr Starmer in the lead in every UK region and age group”. Yeah, it’s the rotten lefty Guardian reporting it, not Sky News! And hey Labour lefties, he’s a Centrist, so don’t you dare vote for him! [Starmer is not, as far as is known, a Centrist, but hey ho]
Meanwhile, the Murdoch Sun rants that Corbyn’s “preferred successor Rebecca Long-Bailey sounds like an automated supermarket checkout reprogrammed with Corbynite cliches. Her mate Angela Rayner is a droning foghorn who spreads lies for Twitter ‘likes’. Keir Starmer, the nitwit behind Labour’s fatal Remain position, tells new Tory voters in Leigh that they ‘need’ Labour. Just marvel at that entitlement”.
Giveaway, much? That means the Murdoch mafiosi are frightened of all three of them. And they’re going to portray Starmer as “entitled”, which is a bit rich, given their backing for alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. But they are in lockstep with their pals at the Guido Fawkes blog, who are trying the same con.
Here, the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble have sneered “Despite all the talk of electing a non-London based working class woman to the role, it seems that members currently prefer a male, Oxford educated, inner-London MP with a knighthood”. Bozo The Clown is, er, male, Oxford educated, and represents a London constituency.
The right-wing press pack is frit of Keir Starmer. So they’ll paint him as snobby and out of touch in order to defend Bozo, who is, er, snobby and out of touch.
After alt, they succeeded in calling a lifelong anti-racist a racist. It’s going to get dirty.
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