Keir Starmer’s magical thinking

Jul 5, 2020 by

by Melanie Phillips:

We have now been treated to the absurd spectacle of the Labour party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, trying to wriggle out of supporting Black Lives Matter.

Astonishingly, he and his deputy, Angela Rayner, were pictured “taking the knee” in support of the BLM demonstrators, regardless of the fact that their protests had given rise to violence against the police and attacks on the statues of historical figures in an attempt to erase Britain’s history and cultural identity.

Tweeting this picture, Starmer wrote: “We kneel with all those opposing anti-black racism”. Well, we should surely all oppose racism whoever its target may be. What Starmer ignored was that some of those “opposing anti-black racism”, if not the majority, were guilty of anti-white racism since they were slandering an entire society by claiming it was “institutionally racist” and guilty of “white privilege”.

So to see the Labour party leader, a potential prime minister of the United Kingdom, actually kneeling in submission to this racist and anti-western ideology was simply sickening.

Yet now that even some broadcasters, sporting figures and others are starting to acknowledge BLM’s anti-capitalist, anti-white and anti-Jewish agenda and are rowing back from supporting it, Starmer has tried to duck any such ordure that might be coming his way by the extraordinary tactic of suggesting that BLM is somehow totally separate from the cause it leads.

He told BBC Breakfast yesterday: “The Black Lives Matter movement, or moment if you like, is about reflecting something completely different – what happened in America, dreadfully, just a few weeks ago”.

See that? A movement has become a “moment”. Have the last three weeks been a “moment”, do you think? Were the toppling of all those statues, all the rioting and arson and looting and attacks in America and Britain, the tactics of the BLM movement, nothing to do with this “moment” that caused Starmer to sink to one knee? He went on:

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