Keir Starmer’s political career shows him to be an opportunist with a sycophantic attitude toward those in power. Since becoming Labour leader, his main priority has been to expunge left-wing ideas and influence, not to defeat the Conservative Party.
Tom Blackburn is a founding editor of New Socialist. He lives in Greater Manchester.
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