Red rig to a bull
SIR Keir Starmer’s recent U-turn on Brexit, promising not to take Britain back into the single market if elected Prime Minister, always had a hollow ring to it.
This is the man who voted repeatedly to stop Brexit in Parliament and, having sworn to respect the referendum result, led the campaign to overturn it.
Now he wants to give EU citizens settled in the UK the right to vote in British general elections.
Not even EU member states offer non-citizens the privilege of voting in national elections, but Starmer clearly expects he would be enfranchising millions of migrants whose natural inclination would be to vote Labour.
It’s the same reason he wants to give the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds.
The Labour leader doubtlessly hopes, as a bonus, it would add millions of pro-EU voters to the electorate, reopening the Brexit debate and paving the way for reintegration with Europe.
In a coalition of chaos with the Liberal Democrats and the SNP, he would find plenty of support for rigging future elections against the Conservatives and cosying up to the EU once more.
At least Sir Ed Davey is open in his contempt for British democracy, and his determination to reverse Brexit.
Labour’s Sir Slippery dresses his plan up in the guise of “fairness” when it is absolutely nothing of the sort.
Bad to nurse
YOU wouldn’t trust nurses’ union boss Pat Cullen to take a temperature.
Just weeks ago she welcomed the Government’s pay offer as a good deal and recommended members accept it.
Now she is demanding a wholly unaffordable double-digit pay rise.
Teachers’ unions are just as bad.
They pretend that their politically inspired strikes are in the interests of pupils — but they want to disrupt lessons for another six months, seriously damaging the education of the children they are meant to care about, with the least advantaged worst affected.
Hard-working and conscientious nurses and teachers who just want to do their jobs deserve the best pay rise the Government can afford.
They are being let down by militant unions with a wholly different agenda.
WHEN independent fuel retailer “Honest” Dave Roberts can slash the price of diesel at his pumps by up to 25p per litre and still be making a profit, it shines a glaring light on the heartless rip-off of motorists by greedy petrol giants.
The AA rightly says the artificially bloated price of diesel is “nothing short of a national scandal”.
So we expect the Competition and Markets Authority to call out this profiteering in its review today.
And let’s have more honest fuel pricing.