Keir Starmer calls for UK to 'embrace the change that's coming'
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Keir Starmer faced harsh criticism on Twitter after his speech which outlined only two Labour policies. He announced a new partnership between business and the state is needed as the country rebuilds from the coronavirus crisis. The Labour leader said Labour will commit to a policy of “financial responsibility” but with an active Government that “knows the value of public services not just the price in the market”.
TalkRADIO host James Whale wrote on Twitter: “Still watching Keir Starmer, it’s getting worse.
“It’s embarrassing. Who on earth told him to do these moody looks into the camera and lean on the podium?
“Just the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen.”
Arthur O’Hara from Startup Organic added: “Sir Keir Starmer’s speech on the economy goes down like wet rag.
“He’s too sour for starters. Preaching doom and gloom in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic is not welcome.”
“Criticism of Conservatives without being able to cite such makes for typical unhelpful labour rhetoric.”
ITV’s Paul Brand noted: “Labour says the recovery bonds would have ‘a similar interest rate to the rest of the market’.
“So you’d be investing for stability and a sense of national endeavour, rather than for pure profit. And presumably it is the middle class who have plenty of savings who’d benefit most.”
Sir Keir said he would create a “British recovery bond” to help provide money for investment in communities.
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The Opposition leader said the move was in response to the Bank of England suggesting the “vast majority of savings built up during the pandemic won’t be spent”.
In a speech on Thursday, Sir Keir said: “If I were prime minister, I would introduce a new British recovery bond.
“This could raise billions to invest in local communities, jobs and businesses.
“It could help build the infrastructure of the future – investing in science, skills, technology and British manufacturing.
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“It would also provide security for savers and give millions of people a proper stake in Britain’s future.”
Sir Keir said he would create a “new partnership” between Labour and businesses, announcing plans to offer 100,000 start-up loans if he comes to power.
The party leader said in an online speech: “If we’re honest, for too long Labour has failed to realise that the only way to deliver social justice and equality is through a strong partnership with business – under my leadership, that mind-set will change.
“A new partnership with business – one where we have high expectations of business and where business can have high expectations of Labour – is pivotal to my leadership and to my vision of the future.
“That’s why, if I was prime minister, I’d back a new generation of British entrepreneurs by providing start-up loans for 100,000 new businesses across every region of the UK.
“For too long, businesses have been concentrated in too few parts of our country – this doesn’t reflect where our talent lies and it stifles potential.”
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