Starmer misled the Labour Party as Corbyn’s Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union from October 2016 – misleading the party into offending Leave voters by remoaning, remoaning and remoaning again to obstruct any Brexit deal getting through parliament.
In particular, Starmer badly advised Corbyn to whip Labour MPs to vote against Tory Brexit deals, when the only clever whip was to abstain, otherwise a free vote should have been granted so that Labour MPs could reflect their constituency feelings on the Remain vs Leave issue.
Starmer misled Labour into falling into the Tory trap which was to make Labour look like they were obstructing the democratic victory of Leave voters (in England and Wales).
Starmer handed Johnson his 2019 general election winning slogan “Get Brexit Done!”
So there can be no worse choice than Starmer for Labour leader. The man is the kiss of death for Labour.
“If recent history proves anything, however, it’s that academic prowess doesn’t always translate into political acumen. As the man who had Corbyn’s ear on Brexit, he was Britain’s most influential Remainer. He was the architect of Labour’s “six tests on Brexit”, a transparently semantic straitjacket: it was a device Labour could use to try and lever the government out of office, while claiming to support enacting the outcome of the referendum – despite never voting for any version of it. The public aren’t idiots; it was clear what was going on. Starmer’s plan was, in common terms, too smart for its own good.
Over time, Starmer overplayed his Brexit hand. Jacked up on e-petitions and well-attended People’s Vote marches (because jolly days in central London are always an accurate gauge of the electorate), he – like many Remainers sensed a point in time where the referendum result might be overturned. I wonder how he views that opportunism now, when a Labour abstention on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at any point would’ve already had us living in the kind of tepid Brexit he claimed to favour.”
– Geoff Norcott, “Keir Starmer says he’s working class. Sadly, the only thing he could make from scratch is fresh pasta”, The Independent, 22nd January 2020.