He certainly has not had a good campaign for his party’s candidates in the run up to England’s local elections on Thursday, May 6.
On Monday, April 19, he got off to a rocky start with a visit to a pub in Bath in the West Country, shortly after pubs were allowed to reopen for outdoor service after our winter lockdown. Publican — and Labour voter — Rod Humphris of The Raven gave Starmer a piece of his mind, saying that he did a lousy job of opposing the Government’s coronavirus restrictions:
I have been a Labour voter my entire life. You have failed to be the Opposition … You have failed this country.
Pub customers must remain outdoors unless they need to use the loo. Humphris and other publicans could be doing better business if they were allowed to have customers indoors. He showed Starmer a chart with ONS statistics showing coronavirus is no longer the threat it was a year ago. He also gave the Labour leader a brief talk about other statistics on the harm lockdown has done to Britain, from children to the economy.
Starmer dismissed it and told Humphris he did not need any ‘lectures’ from him — then proceeded to enter the pub.
The nerve of Starmer. He knows the rules.
Humphris tried to push Starmer’s security man away from the door but failed. The burly security man held on to Humphris on the staircase. Shouting about being assaulted, Humphris tried to break free. Meanwhile, Starmer was having a look around the pub’s interior.
Get out of my pub!
Somewhere along the line, Humphris’s spectacles fell off. Starmer had them in his hand. On his way out the door, he quietly returned them to Humphris. Starmer and his two security men then left, telling people to get out of their way, adding a stern ‘please’.
This is the electioneering video of the year — and the full version:
I’ve watched that video several times and would encourage others to see it at least once.
It paints a perfect portrait of what another Labour government would be like, barging in wherever they like with burly security detail.
Rule No. 1 of pubgoing: the publican is in charge of his/her public house — ‘My gaff, my rules’.
Here is the late Barbara Windsor as Peggy Mitchell, the publican on BBC’s EastEnders, ordering customers to ‘get out of my pub’:
Meanwhile, elsewhere in England that day, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a pleasant conversation with two pubgoers:
As questions mounted about Boris’s Downing Street flat refurbishment, Starmer paid a visit to a John Lewis store to look at wallpaper last Thursday:
Guido Fawkes wrote (emphases in the original):
Guido’s interested to see Starmer arrive at John Lewis this afternoon for a smug photoshoot amid flat-gate. It’s undoubtedly a smirk-raising photo-op, though it’s undermined by Starmer’s own words at PMQs yesterday, who ranted at Boris:
This is a Prime Minister who, during the pandemic, was nipping out of meetings to choose wallpaper
Now the Tories are able to accuse Starmer of playing party politics, and doing so during a pandemic.
On Friday, May 30, the former Director of Public Prosecutions found himself trolled by a young Conservative in Manchester:
Guido Fawkes had the story:
He may have thought a trip to Labour’s Manchester heartland would have been a safe choice after his infamous Bristol pub confrontation, however Sir Keir was once again caught out. Posing with Twitter user Jordan Hutchinson he smiled and gave a thumbs-up, only to have Hutchinson tell viewers “Vote Conservative”. It’s appropriate Starmer spent yesterday in John Lewis’s home furnishings section, as it’s looking curtains for him…
Jordan Peterson’s video amused James Cleverly MP, Minister for Middle East & North Africa in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. A member of the public replied to say that Labour have only themselves to blame:
Starmer ended the week with a visit to a gym. Oh, dear. The late Margaret Thatcher was more adept with a handbag:
Actor and musician Laurence Fox of the libertarian Reclaim Party is running for Mayor of London. He posted an interesting video on May 1 showing Starmer and other Labour Party members, including at least one other MP, enjoying drinks together indoors, something we are not allowed to do at present because of the pandemic:
Laurence Fox stands by the video and his tweet:
Starmer’s Labour seems to be all about rules for ‘thee but not for me’. Who would want that, even at a local level?