DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Unions, not business, matter to Keir Starmer 

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Unions, not business, matter to Keir Starmer

Traditionally, the Tory party has been on the side of the entrepreneurs who create wealth and jobs.

Today it is a damning indictment of the Conservatives, as they tax the country until the pips squeak, that Labour is stealing its mantle as the champion of business.

But in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry yesterday, Keir Starmer’s pro-enterprise mask slipped.

The trade unions, he warned ominously, would have a key role in shaping policy if he won power. That’s because Labour’s leader is in hock to the hard-Left barons bringing the nation to a standstill.

In a speech to the Confederation of British Industry yesterday, Keir Starmer’s pro-enterprise mask slipped. The trade unions, he warned ominously, would have a key role in shaping policy if he won power

In a speech to the Confederation of British Industry yesterday, Keir Starmer’s pro-enterprise mask slipped. The trade unions, he warned ominously, would have a key role in shaping policy if he won power

Yesterday, the rail workers’ union announced a new wave of strikes, which will inflict misery on the travelling public and businesses over Christmas.

When will this Government show some gumption and bring in the strike-busting laws they have repeatedly promised?

Nurses, civil servants, postal staff and teachers are among others who have vowed to walk out unless they get unaffordable inflation-busting pay rises.

Where does Sir Keir, who aspires to be PM, stand? With the people or the wreckers?

He has certainly failed to condemn these damaging and uncalled for strikes.

This is a bleak glimpse of what life could be like under Labour. Appeasing the union bully boys while the country goes to the dogs.

Where does Sir Keir, who aspires to be PM, stand? With the people or the wreckers? He has certainly failed to condemn these damaging and uncalled for strikes

Where does Sir Keir, who aspires to be PM, stand? With the people or the wreckers? He has certainly failed to condemn these damaging and uncalled for strikes

At sea on migration

So what is Sir Keir’s stance on another vital issue – that of immigration?

Anyone hoping for clarity might struggle for an answer after his CBI address.

In one breath, he lectured business leaders on the need to wean themselves off cheap foreign labour.

In the next, he promised to relax the rules to let firms employ many more overseas workers to ‘drive growth’. This is sticking two fingers up at voters who have repeatedly demanded lower immigration.

It is, though, hardly a surprise. Labour’s leader was so maddened by the public choosing Brexit that he fought tooth and nail to retain freedom of movement.

We all know his principles bend like the wind. Like his hero Tony Blair, he says what he thinks people want to hear.

Meanwhile, the Tories need to spell out their vision for the country, and the way infrastructure and innovation can boost energy security, productivity and growth.

To have any chance of winning the next election, they must start delivering.

We all know his principles bend like the wind. Like his hero Tony Blair, he says what he thinks people want to hear

We all know his principles bend like the wind. Like his hero Tony Blair, he says what he thinks people want to hear

Parents know best

When it comes to protecting the interests of a child, who knows best – the pupil’s parents or their school?

This question has become the latest front in the battle over transgender rights.

Amanda Spielman, the Chief Inspector of Schools, has entered the debate with a laudable blast of common sense.

Contrary to what trans activists argue, she says it is a ‘safeguarding risk’ for teachers not to tell the parents if their child wants to change their gender identity.

Not only might such youngsters be at heightened risk of self-harm, but if a teacher encourages social transitioning, it risks putting the child on a path to irreversible medical treatment they may later regret.

When children are in the classroom, schools act in loco parentis. But keeping parents in the dark about their child’s potentially life-altering decisions is a grotesque betrayal of trust.

If Mr Sunak wants to dispel concerns he’s going soft on Brexit, he should keep his promise to scrap all outdated EU laws on the statute book. Torching up to 4,000 throttling rules would save businesses and consumers billions, attract investment, boost economic recovery – and burnish his tarnished credentials as a true Brexiteer.

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