SOME may be sick of hearing about No10 parties and Labour’s lockdown-breaking curry. But they matter because Keir Starmer himself made them matter.
It is laughable for him now to moan that the cost of living is being sidelined by a media obsessed with “Tory mud-slinging” over his beery Durham jolly.
For months Labour’s leader bombarded Boris Johnson with a non-stop onslaught of pious rage over lockdown breaches he treated as the gravest crime imaginable. He cannot hope to hide now that the tables are turned.
What’s more, his own offence goes far beyond the illicit £200 takeaway or even the lies his party continues to tell.
Labour voted for lockdowns and clamoured for more. Then they broke the rules they demanded everyone else follow. But worst of all they KNEW about this corpse in their closet even as they tried to topple Boris and Rishi Sunak with their sanctimonious grandstanding.
They tried to convince voters of Labour’s moral superiority, constructing a witch-hunt and pressurising police to wade in, while knowing they were guilty of the same rule-breaking.
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What monstrous, deceitful hypocrisy.
It will be monstrous too if Durham Police do not probe Labour with the same vigour as London’s Met has done the Tories. A Met, we might add, whose own officers witnessed Starmer’s illicit gathering and did nothing.
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Starmer lost all perspective by demanding the resignations of the Prime Minister and Chancellor, the latter merely for singing Happy Birthday on his way to a meeting.
So it’s pathetic to hear him whinge when the same standards are applied to him. His weasel excuses have fallen apart and his smug confidence with them.
Starmer likes to boast that he was once the country’s chief prosecutor.
These days he looks like a guilty man falling to pieces in the witness box.
Advice is right
IT’S not patronising to urge hard-up shoppers to buy value brands. That’s why they exist — they’re cheap.
Families can cut their bills by buying less pricey food. It’s common sense.
George Eustice, Environment Secretary, recommends that hard-up shoppers buy value brands, but most already rely on value meals[/caption]
The real problem with what Environment Secretary George Eustice recommends is that many of the low-paid already rely on value meals and now struggle to afford even those.
How will the Government help them?
Let us roar
OUR sublime footie anthem Three Lions is guilty of one flaw only . . . over-optimism.
It is a song of desperate hope after decades of failure. It’s not arrogant at all. Nor is it arrogant to say England is football’s home . . . we invented it!
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Chiefs must stick by the fans’ favourite. If snowflakes abroad don’t like it . . .
Frankly, who cares?