Keir Starmer should have resigned three days ago if he were to follow his own standards, says Dan Wootton
If honesty and decency mattered, as Starmer suggested in that tweet, he would have already admitted wrongdoing
Backed into a corner by his own hypocrisy, double standards and rule-breaking, Keir Starmer tried to claim back the moral high ground over Beergate today – but spectacularly failed…
Problem with that is that Starmer KNOWS there is virtually no chance of Durham Police issuing him with a fine.
They have a policy not to hand out retrospective fixed-penalty notices for lockdown breaches.
So the key question is will Starmer resign if the police find he breached the lockdown rules, which, based on the evidence, I am utterly convinced that he did.
Well, when asked that question today, Slippery Starmer, of course, refused to commit…
So, he’ll stay as leader even if he is found in breach of the laws – exactly what he’s attacked Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak for.
Indeed, if Starmer were to follow his own standards for the Prime Minister, he should have resigned on Friday afternoon, the moment Durham Police announced its investigation.
On the 31st of January, before Boris had been issued with a thing, Starmer vented on Twitter…
If honesty and decency mattered, as Starmer suggested in that tweet, he would have already admitted wrongdoing.
The Labour Party’s tissue of lies over Beers with Keir has collapsed over the past two weeks.
A bombshell memo revealed by the Mail on Sunday yesterday proved the curry night was pre-planned, in stark contrast to Starmer’s claim he simply stopped for a bite to eat.
The Labour Party had already been forced to admit it lied over the attendance of the party’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner at the gathering, who today also confirmed she will quit if issued with a fixed-penalty notice.
Attendees at the event have poured scorn on Starmer’s public claims they went back to work after the curry and beers party, with Politico reporting today that many there were drunk and obviously not working.
Starmer also claimed publicly the curry night was needed because the restaurants and pubs were closed in Durham that night, when that’s provably untrue. Many were open but you had to eat outside.
Heaping further shame on Starmer – the former Director of Public Prosecutions – is the unenvious position in which he’s now put the Durham Police.
By the way, don’t give Starmer any credit for facing the media today.
GB News – which has been on this story since the start – was banned from today’s press briefing, as was every national newspaper, including the Daily Mail, which put the story on its front page for seven days in a row last week.
So we’re now in Joe Biden territory, where friendly journalists are pre-selected to ask a question of Starmer.
What a disgrace.
And shame on those three news organisations that allowed for such a corrupt set-up.
But, of course, we shouldn’t be at all surprised.
The BBC, ITV News and Sky News were obsessed with the Partygate story, which they covered breathlessly for months on end because they thought it could bring down Boris Johnson.
But they have absolutely zero interest in pursuing original journalism on Beergate, because they’re in the tank for Starmer – who’s one of them: A Brexit-hating member of the London liberal metropolitan elite.
I don’t think anyone should have to resign for breaking the Covid rules, which were totally immoral and inhumane. I was proud to break them.
But I am asking for consistency when it comes to the coverage of these two scandals.
Beergate has not only exposed Keir Starmer as a dishonourable hypocrite, it’s exposed the deeply ingrained bias of the British broadcast media.