Tales of a weathercock: What a difference a ‘Knight’ makes ‘SIR’ Keir Starmer’s flip flop on abolishing the monarchy

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NOW…

Sir Keir Starmer says the monarchy is “the one institution for which the faith of the British people has never faltered.”

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour party, said Philip was “much loved” and that during the more than 70 years he was married to the Queen, “the monarchy has been the one institution for which the faith of the British people has never faltered”.

Starmer said when he was a child, aged 14, he participated in the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, beginning by volunteering at a mental health hospital and ending by wandering around Dartmoor with a compass and a map in the pouring rain frantically trying to find his way. “If that doesn’t prepare you for coming into politics, nothing will,” Starmer said, to chuckles from the benches.

Starmer said Philip was a “funny, engaging, warm and loving man” who lived a life in “strong and vigorous brushstrokes, like his paintings” and added: “We offer up this tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, for a lifetime of public service: the gold award.”

Starmer also made clear he did not want to abolish the monarchy when the issue was raised in the Labour leadership election last year, saying he would instead like to “downsize it”.

THEN

Never one to stand on principle: A Barrister can argue both sides to get the result they want.

But like the many things in politics Sir Keir Starmer has alternative views and finds with a straight face no matter the issue he can support wherever he feels public opinion gravitates.

Flip-flopping from Taxes to Brexit is an example of his willingness to cynically use popular support to pervert the outcome of any given situation. Where once he stood as the ‘Great Remainer’ he soon changed after that vote losing second referendum policy he introduced into Labour’s manifesto as the shadow Brexit minister, the one policy that caused Labour’s collapse in 2019 and forced Jeremy Corbyn’s resignation. After losing 52 English Labour leave voting seats with his policy Starmer felt no sense of irony with his first diktat as Labour leader to ‘Get Brexit done!’

Diane Abbott quite rightly pointed out:

“I think it’s noticeable, having been Mr Remain all the way up until he got the leadership of the party”. -Diane Abbot

What a difference a Knight makes…

starmer knighthood
2014 Starmer was invested as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) – in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles.

However, Sir Keir Starmer has not always held such high regard for the monarchy, in his own words:

“I got made a Queen’s Counsel, which is odd since I often used to propose the abolition of the monarchy.”

Mr Starmer’s views of the Monarchy appear to have changed since, accepting a knighthood in the New Year Honours list in 2014 after five years as Director of Public Prosecutions.

In the same year, he was invested as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) – in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace by Prince Charles.

“I have divided politicians into two categories: the Signposts and the Weathercocks. The Signpost says: ‘This is the way we should go.’ And you don’t have to follow them but if
you come back in ten years time the Signpost is still there. The Weathercock hasn’t got an opinion until they’ve looked at the polls, talked to the focus groups, discussed it with the
spin doctors. And I’ve no time for Weathercocks, I’m a Signpost man.

Tony Benn

Because hypocrisy stinks in the nostrils one is likely to rate it as a more powerful agent for destruction than it is. – Rebecca West

A report said Keir Starmer must use the Union Flag, as well as veterans and events such as Remembrance Day to win back voters in the party heartlands.

The explosive report, seen by The Guardian, said: “The use of the flag, veterans, dressing smartly at the war memorial etc give voters a sense of authentic values alignment.”

It also warned Starmer that voters want him to “stop sitting on the fence” and come up with some policy ideas of his own.

Sir Keir Starmer’s spokesman said the Labour leader is a “proud patriot” who “believes in the monarchy”.

He said the Queen and her family have been a “beacon of hope” during the pandemic.

Starmer’s issue is not that he does or does not support the monarchy or that he has now cynically stopped supporting the remainers that carried him into the leadership position. Starmer’s issue is the fact he is a weathercock, he has no principles other than those he feels at the time will advance him.

Sir Keir Starmer is the typical career politician willing to dance a tune for whoever and whatever he feels will advance his position, not that of the people he claims to represent.

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