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After George Galloway’s triumph in Rochdale, urgent questions loom for Keir Starmer – and the left, too | Owen Jones

After George Galloway’s triumph in Rochdale, urgent questions loom for Keir Starmer – and the left, too | Owen Jones

After George Galloway’s triumph in Rochdale, urgent questions loom for Keir Starmer – and the left, too | Owen Jones
Mar 01, 2024 1 min, 3 secs

With an average 19-point lead – an undeniably stunning turnaround from the party’s 2019 rout – there is no sign of the usual polling swingback a government enjoys in election year.

Rishi Sunak is an inept prime minister leading an intellectually exhausted government, devoid of any ideas except doubling down on the same policies that left Britain with an unprecedented squeeze in living standards, stagnant growth and a shrivelled public realm.

The Labour candidate was, of course, belatedly disowned by the national leadership after claiming that Israel deliberately allowed the 7 October atrocities to happen, and deploying a crude antisemitic trope about the influence of “certain Jewish quarters” in the media.

The truth is that Muslim voters are an important and growing plank of Labour’s electoral coalition, but the party treats them with contempt – as voting fodder who are otherwise an embarrassment to it.

Consider the case of the former Labour minister Phil Woolas, who in 2010 had his victory in Oldham – 16 miles from Rochdale – overturned by a court when he was found to have stoked religious tensions to win by distributing a deeply Islamophobic leaflet.

Because Starmer deceitfully abandoned his solemn promises – “pledges”, he called them – in his leadership campaign, such as taxing the rich, public ownership of utilities, scrapping tuition fees and much else.

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