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The BLP conference isn’t going quite as planned… September 27, 2021

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

…Andy McDonald, shadow minister resigns this afternoon (thanks JH for the link).

Here are extracts from Andy McDonald’s resignation letter.

  • McDonald says Keir Starmer has made his position as shadow secretary of state for employment rights “untenable” because Starmer told him to oppose raising the minimum wage to £15 an hour. He says:

Yesterday, your office instructed me to go into a meeting to argue against a national minimum wage of £15 an hour and against statutory sick pay at the living wage. This is something I could not do.

Labour is committed to raising the national minimum wage to £10 an hour. Currently the national living wage for people age 23 and over is £8.91.

  • McDonald argues that this shows the party does not appreciate the value of low-paid workers. He says:

We live in a time when the people of this country have a renewed awareness of how important the work done by millions of low-paid workers truly is. To have the Labour party, the party of working people, fail to realise that is a bitter blow.

  • He claims this is just one of many examples of Starmer failing to stick to the socialist principles that he proclaimed when he was running for leader. And McDonald says the party is “more divided than ever”. He says:

I joined your frontbench team on the basis of the pledges that you made in the leadership campaign to bring about unity within the party and maintain our commitment to socialist policies.

After 18 months of your leadership, our movement is more divided than ever and the pledges that you made to the membership are not being honoured. This is just the latest of many.

The line about Starmer’s commitment to socialist policies refers principally to the 10 pledges he issued during the leadership contest.

As the Guardian notes, McDonald is left but not Corbynite. 


1. Wes Ferry - September 27, 2021

And Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves MP is not inspiring confidence in this London Labour councillor either.

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2. sonofstan - September 27, 2021

Petrol stations closed, gas companies falling like ninepins, empty supermarket shelves….when is the moment to nationalise then?

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Fergal - September 28, 2021

Wonder was it this that the Tories and LibDems meant when accusing Corbyn of wanting to take Britain back to the 70s…

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6to5against - September 28, 2021

Is all the coverage of empty shelves in Britain a little exaggerated? I could walk into any supermarket here on a Sunday evening and take a photo of empty shelves – but probably not by Monday lunchtime. Are you actually noticing shortages, SoS? Is this a thing of coffee break conversation?

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sonofstan - September 28, 2021

No, it is noticeable and more than just the end of the day emptiness.
Lots of missing items, and, as I think I mentioned, worse in the Co-op than bigger stores, but noticeable in all the supermarkets I’ve been to.
As for coffee break conversation – only 2nd proper day back at work, and yet to meet anyone in the kitchen!


6to5against - September 28, 2021

Thanks, SoS. that’s interesting to hear.


Colm B - September 28, 2021

The products that go missing are really random. A few weeks back it was crisps, last week it was disposable razors – couldn’t get any, even though I’m surrounded by Tesco’s, ASDA’s, Morrison’s etc.

At the moment, at least here in Glasgow, it’s just inconvenience: a few things on the shopping list missing every week, but it could slip into something more serious if basics start disappearing regularly.

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3. sonofstan - September 27, 2021

Apparently they now want to take on Priti Patel on crime and, I’m not joking, accuse of being ‘soft on crime, soft on the causes of crime’. It’s like a nineties tribute act that no one wants. Or Shed Seven on tour.

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6to5against - September 28, 2021

Isn’t the Blairite nostalgia something extraordinary? Can you imagine how laughable it would have seemed in 1997 if Harold Wilson’s acolytes were arguing to use the same tactics that had proven victorious in 1966?

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sonofstan - September 28, 2021

God yes. Although inviting Oasis to No. 10 was a bit Wilson/ Beatlesque.

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4. Mat - September 27, 2021

Interesting – Andy McDonald is definitely on the old style TU soft left of the party, former manager at Thompsons Solicitors.

You might expect him to resign quietly but this might be a sign that we can expect a rocky few weeks for Starmer.

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WorldbyStorm - September 30, 2021

yeah, if they can’t keep people like him in the tent… then clearly there’s an aspect of wanting to collapse the tent. Well that never goes well with broach church parties.


5. gypsybhoy69 - September 30, 2021

Of course The Independent over there and the Grauniad are full of the marvellous speech Starmer made. Delusional!

My favourite headline goes to Scotland’s The National:
‘Keir Starmer making Labour in England as irrelevant as in Scotland’

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