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Did Starmer let slip Labour’s secret plan to win back the Red Wall?

Keir Starmer at PMQs (Credit: Parliament TV)

Winter looms, and at PMQs the Scottish nationalists were swift to exploit the darkness and the chill.  ‘Dread,’ intoned Stephen Flynn, the SNP’s freakishly macabre leader in Westminster. ‘Their hearts fill with dread,’ he said.

Flynn was describing the inner lives of parents in Aberdeen as they contemplate the first snows of November. Their ‘dread’ arises from the knowledge that ‘they simply can’t afford to pay their energy bills,’ he explained. If Flynn played an executioner at the London Dungeon he wouldn’t need a face-mask. His natural expression does the job. He moved on to the children of Aberdeen who, he conceded, ‘were filled with delight’ at the prospect of snow. But the SNP exists to destroy ‘delight’ wherever it appears and to strike terror into the minds of the voters. A fearful electorate is a malleable electorate and the SNP makes no secret of its plan to scare Scotland witless. Flynn evidently believes that his constituents are dim enough to fall for this ploy and he asked Rishi Sunak to express ‘regret’ for leaving Scottish parents without financial help this winter. 

‘It’s not right to say there’s no support,’ said Rishi, mildly swatting aside this monstrous whopper. The SNP’s killjoy crusade was seconded by Gavin Newlands who accused Westminster of abusing the Scottish people. He said that Scotland produces £14 billion worth of fuel but pays higher standing-charges than its southern neighbours. Worse still, English people compel the Scots to ‘turn their heating on earlier and off later.’ These evil southerners, he concluded, are happy to see Scotland ‘shivering in the dark this winter to subsidise the richest part of the UK.’

Sir Keir Starmer, picking up on the negative vibe, expressed his newfound dislike of foreigners. Especially foreigners with skills and trades. While describing the wreckage of the government’s immigration policy, he noted that bricklayers from overseas charge ‘£2,500 less than someone already here.’

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