Starmer sabotaged soft Brexit talks to aid his leadership ambitions

Colonel Despard’s Radical Comment

Back in August 2019 the journalist Patrick Cockburn warned that Boris Johnson’s prorogation of parliament was the start of aslow-moving coup, aiming to progressively marginalize opposition to hard-right Tory rule. He called it “a very modern coup in which a demagogic nationalist populist authoritarian leader vaults into power through quasi-democratic means and makes sure that he cannot be removed.”

What is less well known, but now revealed in anunauthorized biographyof Keir Starmer by Michael Ashcroft, is that Johnson was only able to force out Theresa May and become Tory leader because Starmer blocked a deal with May’s government that could have resulted in a soft Brexit.

Ashcroft’s book notes that May had invited Jeremy Corbyn to take part in cross-party talks in an attempt to agree a unified approach to Brexit. Starmer led the Labour delegation. According to an extract published in theDaily Mail

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Game, set & match: Peter Mandelson in a Keir Starmer government

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Peter Mandelson: I’d love to work in a Keir Starmer government

By Christopher Hope, CHIEF POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT17 September 2021

Peter Mandelson talks to Christopher Hope during a recording of Chopper’s Politics podcast

In an interview for today’s Chopper’s Politics podcast, which you can listen to using the audio player, Lord Mandelson said that he would be delighted to serve in a Keir Starmer government as he urged the Labour leader to do more to project his personality to win round voters.

Peter Mandelson, one of the architects of ‘new’ Labour, said that former prime minister Tony Blair was offering advice to Sir Keir and urged the Labour leader to be bolder about developing ideas on how to reshape the economy: He said:

  • Labour has to stop talking to itself and reach out to convince voters – particularly in Scotland – to give the party another chance.
  • Sir Keir should hold…

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