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Scuttling his flagship green policy, Sir Keir Starmer has imperilled his credibility | Andrew Rawnsley

Scuttling his flagship green policy, Sir Keir Starmer has imperilled his credibility | Andrew Rawnsley

Scuttling his flagship green policy, Sir Keir Starmer has imperilled his credibility | Andrew Rawnsley
Feb 11, 2024 1 min, 0 secs

Trade unions and the business world both liked the aspiration to create lots of high-skilled jobs by making Britain competitive in the global race to be a leader in the green technologies.

The Labour leader would contest my characterisation by insisting that he is retaining elements of the plan, such as the creation of a state-owned energy company and a fund to invest in the decarbonisation of heavy industry.

Mr McFadden likes to begin internal discussions of Labour’s election prospects by giving shadow cabinet colleagues the cheery reminder: “We usually lose.” These are the leading characters in what you could call Team Take No Chances.

The Conservatives are already exploiting it to reinforce their case that he is a serial flip-flopper Things drifted without a decision for a long time because Sir Keir was reluctant to choose sides.

Ripping up such a large commitment invites scorn for Sir Keir’s claim that people can expect consistency and decisiveness from a government led by him.

What this conflict has exposed is the fundamental tension at the top of the party between those who think it imperative that Labour plays it safe and those who believe being paralysed by electoral paranoia is itself dangerous.

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