A Keir and Present Danger…

It was never going to be long before the Knight of the Realm Sir Keir Starmer finally rid his front bench of the last remnants of Corbyn. After all, that is what this whole shameful period in British ‘democracy’ has been about, to secure the swift return of safety for the private interests of Capitalism under an elite liberal consensus.

I’ve never been particularly taken with Rebecca Long-Bailey, as competent as she is, but her sacking by Starmer is a clear two fingers to the Left and a further demonstration of weaponised antisemitism.

Long-Bailey re-tweeted an article by the actress and activist Maxine Peake (a Corbyn supporter) that attacks capitalism and rightly points out that Israeli secret forces have taught US police forces the same tactics that were used upon George Floyd.

Apparently, pointing out that the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) trains US police forces is an ‘anti-Semitic’ conspiracy theory – which is strange because Israel, including its counter-terrorism officials, has been training US police since 2002, according to the Jewish Virtual Library.

It’s become obvious that that was never really a campaign against antisemitism in the Labour Party — there was a campaign to brand Corbyn and his supporters as antisemites, which is something very different and much more sinister.

Starmer’s hand was forced.

“The Covid-19 crisis forced Starmer and his team to adapt – and had the unhappy consequence of elevating the importance of the education brief. Starmer resisted this initially, making the decision to leave Long-Bailey out of his Covid-19 response committee. Soon, however, conditions imposed themselves.”

Starmer has appointed Kate Green as the new Shadow Education Secretary. She was part of the Blairite-led leadership coup to topple Jeremy Corbyn in 2016, running Owen Smith’s abysmal leadership campaign.

Sir Keir was part of that 2016 coup aimed at ousting Corbyn. Starmer threw his support behind the big Pharma stooge, Owen Smith, a man who publicly supports PFI and endorsed a Pfizer-backed report offering NHS patients easier access to private-sector healthcare. He also abstained on the Tory government’s welfare bill (as did Starmer), a series of drastic cuts to social spending that disproportionately affected women, children and the disabled, which the government’s own figures confirmed would push 330,000 children from low-income families further into poverty,

A quick look at the Register of Members’ Interests of Sir Keir Starmer’s biggest donors lays bare all you need to know to decipher the interests and motives at play, as well as the direction of travel for Labour under Starmer’s leadership.

Sir Trevor Chinn.

Sir Trevor Chinn gave Sir Keir Starmer £50,000. Trevor Chinn is a member of the executive committee of the British Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM).

For those that don’t know, BICOM is an Israeli lobby group, bankrolled by its Chairman Poju Zabludowicz. According to the Jewish Chronicle, it was ‘reinvigorated’ under the leadership of former Labour MP Lorna Fitzsimons.

BICOM’s primary activity is to provide daily and weekly briefings on media coverage of Israel. BICOM is associated with AIPAC and former Director Daniel Shek stated: “AIPAC is assisting BICOM with developing grassroots networks in Britain and with organising pro-Israel events similar to AIPAC’s conference, only smaller. BICOM’s chief executive, until July 2006, was Danny Shek, a high-level official of the Israeli foreign ministry on a two year leave of absence. He was previously the chief spokesman and director of the press division of Israel’s foreign ministry.

In 1999, Chinn was appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, as Vice Chair of the Commission for Integrated Transport, stepping down in June 2004.

In 2008, then Mayor of London Boris Johnson appointed him as Chairman of the Mayor’s Fund, an independent charity addressing the large scale issues of poverty of children and young people in the city, remaining Chairman until June 2011. This period saw soaring child poverty.

Martin Taylor.

Martin Taylor gave Sir Keir £95,000.

Martin Taylor was an external member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee from 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2020. As of 1 April 2019 Martin Taylor is the Chairman of the RTL Group. He was the former chairman of Syngenta AG and was a member of the Independent Commission on Banking chaired by Sir John Vickers. In a career spanning the worlds of finance, industry, public policy, and journalism, he has been Chairman of WH Smith plc (1999-2003), Chief Executive Officer of Barclays plc (1993-98) and Courtaulds Textiles (1990-93). From 1999-2005 he was an adviser to Goldman Sachs International.”

Taylor is the man said to be instrumental in the rolling out of PFI. The multimillionaire former chief executive of Barclays Bank, advisor to Goldman Sachs and the then Secretary of the Bilderberg Group conference. Martin Taylor, is the man that Gordon Brown thought would be the perfect person to drastically reform the benefit systems.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), a think tank that works hand-in-glove with the Labour government, has called for the private sector to take on a much greater role in the delivery of key public services. Its report Building Better Partnerships insists there should be no ideological barriers to private sector involvement in “core” public services such as clinical and intermediate health care, the management of education and local government services.

The IPPR’s Commission on Public Private Partnerships under Martin Taylor compiled the report. Taylor said, “we want to see the arbitrary dividing line between those activities where private sector involvement is uncontroversial and those where it is taboo (no other word will do) questioned and where appropriate removed.

You can see a summary of the IPPR’s Commission on Public Private Partnerships here, to give you an idea of the ideology at hand.

Taylor was also behind the bankrolling of the failed 2016 chicken coup, with ‘Labour Tomorrow’ & ‘Saving Labour’ heavy investing £449,860 to take down Corbyn.

Lord Alli.

Lord Alli gave Sir Keir £100,000.

Waheed Alli is one of the top 100 richest people in broadcasting. He worked his way up in the media business within Robert Maxwell’s stable of publications. He then went to the City for a second career in investment banking, through which he became incredibly wealthy. He’s now a director of several media companies and he owns part of Shine Limited, a media production company he co-founded in March 2001 with Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media baron Rupert Murdoch, to whom Alli later sold his share.

Alli (along with several other Starmer donors) was one of the 67 signatories on the propaganda hit piece in the Guardian falsely claiming Jeremy Corbyn is “anti-Semitic”.

Lord Alli was a ‘darling’ of the New Labour era, as described at the time in the Independent:

“IT IS Alli who is the political mover and shaker. He is the person the Prime Minister rings on the mobile phone when he wants to know what young people think, whom Chris Smith asks for an inside account of the broadcasting world, whom Robin Cook appointed to reinvent the country’s image abroad (via the Foreign Office’s committee for cool, “Panel 2000”). Alli turned Labour’s party political broadcasts from the traditional address to the nation into mini- dramas (starring that swoony new cinematic heartthrob, Tony Blair); he helped organise Elton John’s “peace concert” in Belfast. His appointment at the age of 34 as Britain’s youngest life peer was not only a sign of favour from the new administration, it was a symbol of the way the Government intends to change the traditional order of things, an emblem of the Prime Minister’s beloved “New Britain”.”

Peter Mandelson is a close friend of Elisabeth Murdoch. He was there when Elisabeth and her PR tycoon husband Matthew Freud threw a party for the political and media elite at their 22-bedroom Cotswolds mansion Burford Priory the night before the news broke that murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s mobile had been hacked by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World newspaper.

Guests included the then Tory Education Secretary, Michael Gove (a Murdoch favourite), and Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, Robert Peston, and along with Mandelson, the New Labour trio of David Miliband, James Purnell and Douglas Alexander.

“’It is like the social wing of the Murdoch media empire. Rupert wields his influence through his newspaper and TV network. Elisabeth and Matthew feed off this by providing a link between the worlds of politics, business and showbusiness. Their wealth means they can provide for them all to meet in complete privacy at Burford. Behind it all is the unspoken assumption that if you are out of favour with Rupert Murdoch, you are not likely to get invited.’”

This is the Peter Mandelson who said;

“I work every single day to bring forward the end of [Corbyn’s] tenure in office. Every day I try to do something to rescue the Labour Party from his leadership”.

Well, it looks like all that hard work paid off.

Lord Mandelson, the architect of New Labour, unsurprisingly branded Corbyn’s politics as “intolerance and factionalism”. This was some cheek from Mandelson, probably the most divisive figure Labour has ever produced. In a classic case of ‘projection’, Mandelson wrote:

“The striking thing about the final days of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership is the mood amongst Labour party members: even many of those who have worshipped at the altar of his idealistic beliefs and ‘authenticity’ share the quiet sense of release felt in different sections of the party who hope we can now turn the corner from what has been an awful decade for Labour.

Of course Corbyn loyalists will blame his detractors for his defeat. But it is above all the leader’s duty to keep the party united and Corbyn failed this basic test by showing no respect for Labour’s social democratic tradition and, instead, organising his acolytes to prioritise the deselection of dedicated, mainstream Labour MPs. Although Tony Blair and Gordon Brown had no time for the kind of politics practised by Corbyn, his sort of intolerance and factionalism was something they never pursued. This should be the template for the future.”

How ridiculous, disingenuous and utterly hypocritical this now sounds given the revelations from the leaked Labour Report.

Lord Hollick.

Lord Hollick gave Sir Keir £50,000.

Lord Hollick is as neoliberal as they come. He joined Hambros Bank as a graduate trainee in 1967 and rapidly gained a reputation as a financier and a dealmaker, becoming the bank’s youngest ever director in 1973. He made a fortune in finance before moving on to become a media baron.

He was one of the founding backers of the New Labour think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). For a time after the 1997 Election he served as a special advisor to Margaret Beckett and Peter Mandelson at the Department for Trade and Industry. He was created a life peer on 20 June 1991, as Baron Hollick, of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Martin Clarke.

Martin Clarke gave Sir Keir £25,000.

“A prominent City dealmaker and Labour party supporter has said that a victory for leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn would do “irreparable damage.”Martin Clarke, chief financial officer of roadside recovery giant AA and a former executive at the private equity firm Permira, told City A.M. in an interview yesterday that electing Corbyn would sever Labour’s ties with business.“It would be disastrous, there would be no doubt about it,” Clarke said, adding: “It was pretty pathetic under Miliband.”His comments follow those of several other key business figures, including Alan Sugar, criticising Labour’s lurch to the left.”

Clarke was finance director of the AA before stepping down last year. He said in a stock market statement that he had resigned as the roadside assistance group’s chief financial officer “to return to my twin passions of private investing and politics”. Clarke was a close ally and financial backer of Chuka Umunna, the former Labour MP and co-architect of the pro-remain Change UK party.

Peter Coates.

Peter Coates gave Sir Keir £25,000.

Peter is the co-founder of gambling company Bet365 and the chairman of Stoke City Football Club. He has been listed as the 25th richest person in British football. Peter set up Bet365 with his daughter, Denise.

Denise paid herself £323m last year. The sum is the highest amount paid to the chief executive of a British company and breaks the previous record of £265m, set by Denise the previous year. Her pay equates to £1.3m for every working day last year….Probably how she can afford to have a £90 million house built.

“Coates, 52, was paid a base salary of £276,585,000 in the year to March 2018, accounts filed at Companies House revealed on Wednesday. On top of this, she collected dividend payments of about £45m from her shareholding of more than 50% in the Stoke-on-Trent-based company . . . Coates was immediately accused of seeking to delay the public release of details of her pay until after the general election. The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, had promised to “go after” the UK’s wealthy elite and crack down on excessive corporate pay.”

This was always in the making. Sir Keir is an establishment man through and through with a long track record of service to the State.

He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2002. In 2008, he became Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), holding the role until 2013.

For his role as DPP he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in the 2014 New Year Honours, before becoming an MP for the constituency of Holborn and St Pancras in 2015.

Starmer was DPP when revelations were published about ‘spycop’, Mark Kennedy, who infiltrated environmental and anticapitalist groups between 2003 and 2009. It is unclear what exact details Starmer knew, but it certainly raises some important questions.

In 2011, a trial of environmental activists accused of plotting to break into Ratcliffe power station collapsed after it emerged that the CPS had covered up vital evidence.

Keir Starmer was present in court the day the case was thrown out.

In February 2009, Starmer approved a decision not to prosecute any police over the controversial shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes.

In July 2010, Starmer announced the decision not to prosecute the police officer Simon Harwood in relation to the death of Ian Tomlinson. This led to accusations by Tomlinson’s family of a police cover-up and a subsequent campaign for the truth to be revealed.

Another inquest was forced which found that Tomlinson had been unlawfully killed. Starmer announced that Harwood would be prosecuted for manslaughter. The officer was acquitted in July 2012.

In 2012, Starmer announced that MI5 and MI6 agents would not face charges of torture and extraordinary rendition during the Iraq War, concluding that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute. As an MP, Starmer voted against an investigation into the Iraq war.

Of course, the Wikileaks Iraq War Logs demonstrates this to be absolute bunkum, which is perhaps why Sir Keir seems to have a particular hostility towards Julian Assange.

As DPP, Knight-of-the-Realm Starmer QC managed to put his love of liberty to one side by fast-tracking the extradition of Julian Assange. He disregarded legal precedents by advising Swedish lawyers not to question Assange in the U.K. That decision prolonged Assange’s legal purgatory, denied closure to his accusers in Sweden, and essentially ensured Assange would face a US show trial.

Leaked emails from August 2012 show that, when the Swedish legal team voiced concern about keeping Assange’s case open, Sir Keir’s office replied;

“Don’t you dare get cold feet”.

“Jeremy Corbyn questioned Boris Johnson on the case in a recent prime minister’s question time. Even Johnson had to admit that the Treaty is ‘unbalanced’. In an astounding intervention in this debate Sir Keir Starmer has managed to repeat the arguments of the US prosecution and give a more resounding endorsement of the Treaty than the Tory Prime Minister.”

Jonathan Cook

There is also the question of why did then head of the CPS, Keir Starmer, meet then head of MI5, Sir Jonathan Evans, for informal social drinks in April 2013, the year after Starmer decided not to prosecute MI5 for its role in torture.

There is no record any other CPS head accepting hospitality from an intel chief, ever.

Sir Jonathan Evans left MI5 a week following his drinks with Starmer. The day after Evans left the service, Starmer announced he would also leave the CPS. Evans is now Baron Evans of Weardale after David Cameron made him a life peer in 2014, the same year that Starmer was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) for “services to law and criminal justice”. At the time of Starmer’s social drinks with Sir Jonathan Evans the CPS was still investigating the role of MI5’s sister organisation MI6 in the rendition of two families to Libya when it was ruled by Muammar Gaddafi.

Other highlights from Keir’s CV include:

As head of the Crown Prosecution Service, he altered legal guidelines so that those improperly claiming benefits could be charged under the Fraud Act, which carries a maximum sentence of ten years (Emily Thornberry argued it should be increased to fourteen).

Sir Keir also removed the financial threshold for such cases, allowing the government to waste endless resources arresting and incarcerating people who had claimed minimal amounts of money. Never mind that fraud was estimated to account for only 0.7% of the welfare budget…strangely he made no mention whatsoever about the estimated £12 billion lost every year to corporate tax avoidance.

“It is vital that we take a tough stance on this type of fraud and I am determined to see a clampdown on those who flout the system.”

– Keir Starmer, expressing his priorities.

He was found by a select committee to have restricted the scope of the tabloid phone hacking investigation.

At every step of Starmer’s career he has been there for the establishment, whether it be in defence or in cover up. Today he’s there to “forensically” enable the inept Johnson government.

But it’s not just domestically that Sir Keir is of concern. Starmer is the only British politician to be a member of the Trilateral Commission, he’s part of the European Group. For those unfamiliar with the Trilateral Commission:

“The Trilateral Commission was founded by the persistent maneuvering of David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski. Rockefeller, [then] chairman of the ultra powerful Chase Manhattan Bank, a director of many major multinational corporations and ‘endowment funds’ has long been a central figure in the mysterious Council on Foreign Relations. Brzezinski, a brilliant prognosticator of one-world idealism, has been a professor at Columbia University and the author of several books that have served as ‘policy guidelines’ for the CFR. Brzezinski served as the (Trilateral) commission’s executive director from its inception in 1973 until late 1976 when he was appointed by President Carter as assistant to the president for national security affairs.” -Anthony C. Sutton and Patrick M. Wood, “ – Trilateral Over Washington

These are the original ‘free’ market pioneers, intent on the reduction of democracy through privatisation of public services, the privatisation of profit with socialised losses, a huge reduction in taxes for corporate interests and a drive toward a one-world government.

Zbigniew Brzezinski is a particularly interesting character, he’s the man behind US foreign policy from Jimmy Carter to Barrack Obama and untold deaths.

Here are some samples of this “great strategic thinker’s” writings:

“This regionalization is in keeping with the Tri-Lateral Plan which calls for a gradual convergence of East and West, ultimately leading toward the goal of one world government. National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept.”

“People, governments and economies of all nations must serve the needs of multinational banks and corporations.”

“In early times, it was easier to control a million people than to kill a million. Today, it is infinitely easier to to kill a million people than to control a million.”

“Technology will make available to the leaders of major nations, techniques for conducting secret warfare, of which only a bare minimum of the security forces need be appraised…..techniques of weather modification could be employed to produce prolonged periods of drought or storm.”

“The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.”

“To put it in a terminology that hearkens back to the more brutal age of ancient empires, the three grand imperatives of imperial geo-strategy are to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.”

Some notable members of the Trilateral Commission include George Bush, Dick and Lynne Cheney, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Henry Kissinger, David Gergen, Richard Holbrooke, Madeleine Albright, Robert McNamara, Paul Volcker, Alan Greenspan and Paul Wolfowitz. US Senators Diane Feinstein, Robert Taft Jr., Charles Robb, William Cohen, and John Glenn, Congressmen, Ambassadors, Secretaries of Treasury, State and many other political figures are Trilateralists. There are also many banking institutions represented at Trilateral meetings including the European Central Bank, World Bank, IMF, the Federal Reserve, Chase-Morgan, Citibank, Bank of America, Bank One, Bank of Tokyo, Bank of Japan and more. Also plenty of multi-national corporate interests are represented including Fuji Xerox, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Exxon-Mobil, Shell, Chevron, Texaco, Sony, Samsung, Comcast, Time Warner, Carlyle Group, Levi-Strauss, Daikin, Sara Lee, GE, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, Boeing, and Citigroup.

This is a collection of some of the most powerful and some of the most oppressive and destructive institutions and individuals known to man.

The latest Trilateral Commission briefing ‘Democracies Under Stress, 2019’ offers insight to their continued drive for global control:

“The global order that seemed so invincible at the end of the Cold War is now in doubt. Challenges to it come from within the very societies that honed and championed this order, as well from more traditional geopo- litical opponents of it. Whether the world proves able to tackle the most urgent problems facing mankind today will in part depend on the ability of advanced democracies to overcome their current malaise and work together as they have in past decades.

A forty-five year old organization, the Trilateral Commission is recreating itself to be a leader and an indispensable resource in this effort. The Commis- sion has unique advantages in galvanizing those in developed democracies to move from lamenting democratic decline to taking action to remedy it. It is the only organization with an explicit trilateral structure (North American, Europe, and Asia) and a legacy of catalyzing cooperation on global issues across the very geographies now suffering from democratic discontent. Rediscovering its roots, the Commission is sharpening its mission, rejuvenat- ing its membership, and committing itself to a work program that will generate thought and action to strengthen the advanced democracies, enabling them to work together more effectively to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Whether it’s domestically or internationally, Sir Keir Starmer is firmly on the side of elite interests, his track record is testament to that.

Now watch as one by one Sir Keir’s 10 “pledges” offered up on route to his election dissolve into nothing…

One Comment Add yours

  1. Seth Mortimer says:

    From this article and from mounting clamour it seems that KS is part of the misdirection well established by the owners of accelerated capitalism
    He is part of the TINA capitalism project where all alternatives are removed. Eerily enough, however, I do believe that if an empathetic social model of human government is possible it has to be through an internationalism that dissolves borders and removes the necessity of gross, dehumanising inequality. Which is what accelerated corporate governed TINA capitalism seeks. Btw IT and information itself is the accelerant of either vision

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