By Jack Thurlow
"Infighting and the Labour Party seem to go hand in hand now with constant debates and an unwillingness to work together."
Every day can sometimes feel the same as an active Labour Party member on social media. I log onto Twitter to see another announcement by Sir Keir Starmer and the party which always seems to result in the same thing: arguments upon arguments between people who are supposed to be on the same side but seemingly do not act like it. Infighting and the Labour Party seem to go hand in hand now with the constant debates and unwillingness to work together - many preferring to pursue their own ideological beliefs and not willing to adapt for the sake of the party’s progress. My only thought is what a waste this is. The Labour party has a broad range of ideas and beliefs but we do not utilise them. Instead of building a strong party, we prefer to score points against each other. Keir Starmer is only too aware of this and he faces the undeniably difficult task of uniting the party when it arguably has never been more divided.
If that wasn’t enough Starmer has to do this during, arguably, the most difficult and challenging situation that this country has faced since the Second World War and this has only added to my view that being the leader of the Labour Party remains the hardest job in politics. Starmer has been frequently called “Captain Hindsight” and has been frequently accused of sitting on the fence by many. However, I would seek to challenge this rhetoric as I believe that Starmer has, for the most part, made the right decisions and put the country first although may I point that I have not agreed with every single decision he has made.
"Keir Starmer faces the undeniably difficult task of uniting the party when it arguably has never been more divided."
Whether others in his position would have done the same and acted in a manner of putting the country first is up for debate. This, in my view, (and I realise many would not agree with this comparison) makes him the first Labour leader to successfully lead the country during a crisis since the great Clement Attlee who is without a doubt in my view the greatest Labour leader in the party’s history.
By using the same principles Attlee used during the Second World War, Keir Starmer has, whilst being highly and rightly may I add, critical of the government’s handling but he has always backed them when they proposed a new lockdown to the house or when the tier system was introduced. I’ve lost count of the times Starmer has offered to work with the government and Johnson who, in my opinion, need all the help that they can get as they move from U-turn to U-turn. The Conservative party have, of course, shown no interest in this coalition for the country and this confirms my belief that if anyone is using this crisis as a political point-scoring opportunity, it is the conservative government. Johnson, in particular, takes any criticism of the Government’s handling as an offence to the NHS and gladly proclaims this mantra at Prime Minister’s Questions most weeks to the annoyance of myself and many others who can see straight through this.
"I’ve lost count of the times Starmer has offered to work with the government."
So yes, Starmer is not the perfect politician and no I don’t agree with him on everything but I know that during our current crisis he’s always been thinking in terms of the country and has no issue agreeing with the government's measures to ensure the health and safety of everyone as we try to get through this pandemic. This is the leader I want, a man of the people who always puts them above everything else and, as a proud Labour member, with Starmer at the helm I do believe that things can only get better.
Jack Thurlow is an active and vocal member of the labour party who also has a huge interest in modern history with Russia and the Holocaust being two of his specialist subjects.
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