I don't know if it's worse to think he was pandering to the right or that nobody on his team knew at all, given all they needed to do was a fucking Google Search, but at least he's finally (if belatedly and after some really bad mixed messaging) unambiguously walked it back.
I'd be very interested in the context in which he has said this. If it's in response to a question, particularly one from the racist press, then it feels like when the mean girl makes the geek insult her friends on the vague promise of bullying her less, whereas the intention all along was to hurt both of them. The questioner has deliberately put him in an impossible position where either answer will damage both him and the party. Obviously, if this is something that he has felt the need to say unprompted then he can get right in the bin.Apparently Starmer today has said he doesn’t believe the media are being racist about Meghan Markle.
I know he’s trying to do a Blair and courting Murdoch, but watching Labour abandon its core principles more and more really is testing my loyalty. I’m *this* close to cancelling my party membership.
Starmer’s predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, was a sitting duck for the tabloids’ long tradition of casting Labour leaders as loony lefties. They will have their work cut out with this one, though. Whether or not Starmer is mindful of appeasing them, or simply telling the truth, I can’t tell, but they will certainly like what he has to say about press coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I ask if he would describe it as racist, and he shakes his head. “I wouldn’t.”
Did he believe every word the couple said to Oprah? “I’m not in a position to say. What I did think was, like every family argument, there’s always going to be another side to the story. If it was my family, I’d know there was another side to the story. I certainly felt, what’s the other side to this? It’s just a real shame to see a family going through this in public. I wouldn’t want my family to go through anything like that.”
A 2005 video clip recently emerged of Starmer saying he “often used to propose the abolition of the monarchy”, but he says now: “I am a monarchist. I do believe in the Queen. I believe in the royal family.” When, then, did he change his position? “I’ve never gone down the republican route.” Regarding the clip, he insists: “I was making a joke. It was a throwaway remark.” Frankly, I’d be surprised if the 16-year-old socialist who joined the Labour Party was the monarchist he is today.
For fuck sake.Why? I'm not shy of calling out Starmer for being useless in certain areas. I've done so repeatedly. One of my big problems with the other guy was the ridiculous Jesus cult / victim mentality that surrounded him, so i'm hardly going to indulge the same mindset for his successor.
Anyway, here's the full quote.