Labour leader Keir Starmer rushed to show his unity with the Tories after Russia’s incursion into Ukraine’s separatist regions.
“We must remain united and true to our values across this House and with our Nato allies. We must show Putin that we will not be divided,” he said on Tuesday.
But Boris Johnson already knew he could count on Labour’s support.
For the past several weeks as some of Johnson’s top ministers made a show of threatening Russia, Starmer’s Labour Party only egged them on. On Tuesday, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary David Lammy demanded “strong sanctions” on Russia.
“We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people,” he said.
If Labour really wanted to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people, it would criticise Nato—the Western military alliance whose expansion has pushed them towards war. Instead, Starmer prepared for the threat of war by praising Nato, denouncing the Stop the War Coalition and promising Johnson his full support. He was at pains to emphasise Labour’s long history of supporting Nato and the West’s wars.
Like almost every Labour leader before him, Starmer knows his role isn’t to challenge the system that leads to war but to manage Britain’s role within it. He wants to show Labour can be just as dedicated to war, the military and Nato as the Tories—if not more so.
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