One of the more ludicrous aspects of British politics at the moment is the charge that the Labour Party and Sir Kier Starmer is not up the job. It seams that each day brings new opinion editorials decrying Keir Starmer’s lack of purpose. Now under normal circumstances there may well be some truth in this but, and I am surprised I have to reiterate this, things are not normal: People are still getting and ill and some of those are dying from Covid 19. To think that anything other the government’s actions are going to make any headway is farcical. However, things might be about to change. Tory Sleeze is once more a thing.
The Cameron/Greenshill debacle is just the start of something which is going to unravel slowly over the next 6/12 months into a full blown crisis which may end up with the head of the Health Secretary for England and who knows who else? The billions thrown at dodgy PPE providers is one thing and may start the charge but it is the waste of money within the track and trace system that will probably be where the big snouts have been feeding. At the last time I looked we had spent £37 BILLION on this for what? This whole spending black hole is run by Matt Hancock and his best friend Baroness Harding – if this does turn nasty then they are clearly the first ones against the wall to save Boris’s neck.
So if something really smelly does start to emerge then perhaps the stories will change from Labour ineffectiveness to Tory Sleaze. If this does happen then, along with the inevitable disappointment with Boris Johnson who will not be able to deliver on his ‘leveling up agenda’ (This is a generational task not one parliamentary term – so disappointment is all but guaranteed), perhaps we might finally have a real political fight and maybe, just maybe, some real political change.
So the point of all this is that the Starmer stories are a product of a chattering Westminster class that will be forgotten by the next election. This is even more likely to be the case if Tory Sleaze really takes hold.