Stronger Together? Problems with Keir Starmer’s latest pitch
KEIR STARMER’S launch of Stronger Together, as Labour is calling its new policy package, faces a number of hurdles. North of the border the title’s echoes of the ill-starred Better Together campaign, in which Labour teamed up with the Tories in opposition to Scottish independence, is guaranteed to invite mockery. More seriously, Stronger Together’s central pitch — that the Conservatives have divided the country, and Labour can bring it back together — is superficial. Press-released themes don’t put much meat on the bones, a motherhood and apple pie selection of soundbites: “Safe and secure communities,” “a future where families come first” and, vaguest of all, “Britain in the world.” Unity is a platform Starmer’s stood on before. He won the Labour leadership as the unity candidate, promising to stand by the main policies of the Jeremy Corbyn leadership, which continued to be overwhelmingly popular: extensions of public ownership to “rail, mail, energy and water,” bans on zero-hours contracts, an end to illegal wars, higher taxes on the rich. His campaign was not honest. In office he has done everything he can to marginalise and silence the left.https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/e/stronger-together-problems-keir-starmers-latest-pitchJulian Assange Rots in Jail as U.S. Slaughters First Amendment
Years pass, and journalist Julian Assange languishes in a British jail. His crime? Truthful reporting of U.S. military atrocities in Iraq, reporting that sparked a lust for vengeance among U.S. politicos and military men. With Assange, the American empire would manage what imperialists couldn’t with whistleblower Edward Snowden, who slipped through their fingers by wisely fleeing to Russia – namely, torture him to death in prison. For whatever reason, perhaps a mistaken belief in the rule of law, the power of a free press and the force of public opinion, Assange did not take refuge in Russia, China or Venezuela. This was a fatal mistake. Legal niceties simply fall like matchsticks in the wind when the empire takes offense. Its gaudy invocations of truth and justice are then exposed as mere words. If you doubt that, recall U.S. military jets forcing the grounding of Bolivian presidentPost too long. Click here to view the full text.