Sir Keir – ‘Grotesque government has no mandate’ and must be removed
Starmer calls on Government to reverse 'kamikaze mini-budget'
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The Labour leader said there were “no historical precedents” to what the PM’s office had done by “tanking” the economy and pushing up mortgages and bills.
In the coming days the nation will “hear plenty of laughable excuses”, he said, but even her own party know they “can’t fix the mess she has created”.
He added: “And deep down, her MPs know something else. They no longer have a mandate from the British people.”
Speaking to a conference of Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party, Sir Keir drew parallels with his party’s divisive decade in the 1980s – quoting Neil Kinnock’s famous attack on the Left-wing Militant group in Liverpool.
In his 1985 speech, Mr Kinnock said Militant’s dogma had led to “the grotesque chaos of a Labour council hiring taxis to scuttle round a city handing out redundancy notices to its own workers”. Comparing the current instability in Downing Street he pointed to the “grotesque chaos of a Tory Prime Minister handing out redundancy notices to her own Chancellor.”
He added: “There are no historical precedents for what they have done to our economy. Britain has faced financial crises before but the prime ministers and chancellors who wrestled with them all acted fast.
“When their policies ran against the rocks of reality, they took decisive action.
“But this lot, they didn’t just tank the British economy, they also clung on as they made the pound sink. Clung on as they took our pensions to the brink of collapse. Clung on as they pushed the mortgages and bills of the British public through the roof.
“They did all of this. All the pain our country faces now is down to them.”
Later he called for the fiscal statement and OBR forecast, scheduled for October 31, to be brought forward. But he was worried about Labour inheriting 12 years of economic mess.
He said: “Changing your Chancellor doesn’t undo the damage that’s already been done, so the statement needs to be brought forward, we need to reverse the kamikaze budget. But more than that, after 12 years of Tory failure, we actually need a change of Government.
However, he warned: “It won’t be easy. I would love to stand here and say to you that Labour will fix everything. But the damage that they’ve done to our finances and public services means things are going to be really tough.
“We can’t take irresponsible risks with the country’s finances. We must be the party of sound money. You can’t build a fairer, greener Britain without first restoring economic stability.”
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