RICH London lawyer “Sir” Keir Starmer looks nailed on as next Labour leader. If so, it is a bizarre choice.
It was this “Posh Trot” Remainer who drove a bulldozer through Labour’s so-called Red Wall and cleared the path for Boris Johnson’s invasion of its northern heartlands.
It was Starmer’s campaign for a chaotic second referendum that persuaded millions of working-class supporters to vote Tory for the first time and condemn Labour to the political wilderness.
Not surprisingly, Starmer’s critics now wonder why this proven loser is in pole position to run their party.
Some point the finger at Gordon Brown quietly rallying supporters to the cause.
The ex-PM and his protegé have been close since Starmer’s controversial reign as Director of Public Prosecutions from 2008 to 2013.
Starmer, despite his reputation for defending human rights, is not above sly ploys.
There is nothing wrong with being wealthy — except among the Momentum voters he needs to seize Labour’s crown. Perhaps this explains why his Wikipedia entry has just been doctored to delete his status as a “millionaire”. Not me, guv, protests Starmer.
He is also weirdly reluctant to declare where he stands on the political spectrum. Is he a Corbynite or a Blairite or a bit of both? “I don’t have the names of former leaders tattooed on my head,” sniffs the man named at birth after the first leader of the Labour Party.
This knight of the realm, who played violin at fee-paying Reigate Grammar School alongside Fatboy Slim, claims a humble background as the son of a toolmaker.
“I know what it’s like,” he insists, as if raised in a cardboard box.
Well, I went to the same school when it was a “bog-standard” state grammar. My father was a journeyman upholsterer. It didn’t give me any special insights.
TRUMPED-UP CHARGES AGAINST JOURNALISTS
Starmer boasts in his new campaign video about picket-line stints alongside down- trodden Wapping printworkers — against my boss, Rupert Murdoch, a hate figure on the Left.
This chameleon politician was dubbed a “Sir” on the recommendation of Gordon Brown, a title he discourteously declines to use because it invites contempt among those with a vote.
His citation was for “services to law and criminal justice”, after a five-year term as DPP.
At about the same time he was parachuted into Parliament as MP for rock-solid Labour Holborn and St Pancras, in London.
It is here that self-respecting Labour voters should pause and reflect.
Many believe these political plums were reward for the longest, costliest and perhaps most spiteful criminal persecution in history — ordered by Sir Keir Starmer.
His new leadership video slyly refers to this time, apparently to boost his scourge-of-capitalism image among the “comrades” — even though politics should play no part in a DPP’s decision-making. In a travesty of justice, he rammed two dozen innocent journalists through Old Bailey trials on trumped-up conspiracy charges — a medieval catch-all which even the Crown Prosecution Service admitted was “an extremely difficult and rarely visited area of the law”.
The prosecuting counsel was given a flea in his ear for “chopping and changing”, the charges against the journalists.
The trials ended with acquittals all round, an admission that “no crime may have been committed” and this rebuke from the Lord Chief Justice:
“What concerns me is the freedom of the Press and the desire of officials to contain information.
“We must ensure the Press is protected — we can’t use criminal sanctions to undermine their position.”
The defendants were all journalists on The Sun or the News of the World — then seen by the Left as fair game.
The trials followed The Sun’s decision to switch its support from Gordon Brown’s floundering regime to David Cameron’s Tories.
Some believe the two were linked — but surely that’s just a conspiracy theory.
What is absolutely clear to those who care about the issue is Starmer’s readiness to use his power to curb Press freedom.
As citizens of totalitarian regimes rapidly learn to their cost, without a free Press there is no such thing as free speech.
Harry will be a victor in Royal civil war
IT’S win-win for the Sussexes and losses all round for the House of Windsor.
Meghan’s first kiss-and-tell will be a bestseller, with all the gossip on Randy Andy and those secret royal scandals.
Harry’s right-on charities will be milked for millions.
Once our revered Queen has departed, the monarchy will dwindle to a sideshow on the US celebrity circuit.
Charles is too old to compete and William is too dull, despite Kate’s best efforts.
Hero Harry will emerge as victor in this grotesque civil war. I predict he will live to regret it.