The two faces of Starmer’s Labour
SIR Keir Starmer has already had one reality check on Labour policy.
He was forced into a belated climbdown when the party’s ludicrous £28billion-a-year eco plans collided with economic inevitability.
But his reckless promises to the unions are an even more glaring case of Left-wing idealism at odds with the real world.
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner has made “a cast-iron commitment” to hand back sweeping powers to the party’s union paymasters within 100 days of winning power.
These include tearing up the minimum service guarantees during strikes, allowing unions to down tools without a majority vote and reintroducing collective bargaining.
But these policies would drag Britain back to the industrial mayhem of the 1970s, kill off any chance of growth and leave the economy at the mercy of the union barons.
Significantly, the plan is already terrifying business leaders.
Sir Keir needs to make clear which one is the truth.
DADS who walk away from their kids without paying them a penny are beneath contempt.
So a new Government crackdown to force them to pay their full child maintenance bills is welcome.
Backsliding fathers who won’t cough up face a visit by bailiffs and could lose their homes, passports and driving licences.
Law enforcement will be speeded up so kids get the much-needed money sooner.
It’s vital abandoned mums get the help they need as soon as possible.
Call in the big buoys
FORMER Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick is proposing an ingenious solution to stop the small boats.
He wants a wall of floating buoys in the Channel that would block the dinghies and thwart the evil people-smugglers.
But he will need the French to help to get the plan up and running.
Despite the tens of millions we give them, that could prove to be an even bigger wall.