Labor won, but it is not a left-wing party

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By KEN LOACH*

Labor leader Keir Starmer is not a moderate, not a centrist, but rather a right-wing, uncompromising, free-market politician

Labor's victory is no reason to celebrate. Well, it's good news that the right-wing Conservatives lost, but it's bad news that the right and the Labor Party won. A neoliberal party.

I think it's been clear for some time that they would win, but what's not clear to anyone who doesn't live in England is that today the Labor Party is not the party of workers, but of big business. It's the party of big business.

Their leader, Keir Starmer, is an opportunist. He gained party leadership by promising water, railways and public mail, but once obtained, he disregarded these promises: more than 200 members left after a few weeks, it was a kind of purge. Keir Starmer's task was to convince the right-wing media and with the BBC that the country was safe, that nothing would change: he got closer and closer to the conservatives, at the end of the elections there was almost no difference between them.

That the rich will stay rich. There will be no public ownership, no radical policies. The UK will continue to supply weapons. To Israel, for example. Keir Starmer is supposed to be a human rights lawyer, but he ignores the rights of Palestinians and proudly calls himself a Zionist. He is a right-wing man.

Hope remains on the left, but we need to organize ourselves. There is a path, the working class has the same strength as always, because it does everything: it produces services, transport, everything. But if you don't act to protect your interests, you fall into far-right propaganda, and that destroys hope.

 Because the far right will always support the status quo, large companies. That's where their money comes from, but right-wing politicians will say what the working class likes to hear. However, just look at their actions: they are in favor of more privatization, they would completely destroy the public health system.

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbin was elected as an independent. I supported him and I also supported his candidacy publicly. See, there's an interesting thing: the Labor vote has increased slightly in proportional terms. This election was not a victory for Labor, but a rejection of the Conservatives: people voted for whoever could expel them. Labor won an abundant third, which gives them a large majority: it's the electoral system.

To win the elections today, it is not enough to be moderate, you have to be a liar. Keir Starmer is not a moderate, he is not a centrist, but rather a right-wing, uncompromising, free market-oriented politician. He just dresses differently. O Labour It is a business party and they reiterated this: they will not tax bankers' profits, they will not increase taxes on large companies. They will grow the economy at Britain's expense, profiting from the workforce, exploiting low wages and weak unions. Keir Starmer has nothing to do with unions, he ignores them.

I do not believe that Rishi Sunak, the outgoing Prime Minister, deserved all the personal hostility he was subjected to, as it was Boris Johnson and Liz Truss who destroyed the Tories.

Nigel Farage is a populist, a kind of Donald Trump. A right-wing man who claims to speak on behalf of the working class, who you would have a drink with. Obviously, it is a fraud. His goal is to divide workers, blame immigrants and, at the same time, cut taxes and end public services.

Le Pen and Bardella in France are there for business, they have the capital, but they wear a mask and they do it very well. But we hear little about how the left is uniting in France: it got more votes than Emmanuel Macron, but it's only about him. They call Macron centrist, I would call him right-wing, like Starmer in Great Britain. Unlike the left, the extreme right will not change the balance of power and, although unpleasant, in the end the right is preferred to the left, as the right would take away their power and wealth: this is what caused fascism and Nazism.

Donald Trump is the ultimate disaster, a global tragedy. But the Democrats are once again very right-wing. Joe Biden clearly can't handle things, it's just a gross example of personal vanity - the Democrats should have said this from the beginning, but the financial and political mechanisms are so corrupt that they can't remove someone who is clearly incompetent.

*Ken Loach is a British filmmaker. He directed, among other films, You were not here.

Text established from an interview with Federico Pontiggia.

Translation: Anselmo Pessoa Neto.

Originally published on the portal Daily fact.


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