In and out of touch
+The Leader of the Opposition for the third time is in self-isolation. I’m wondering if he, or his close associates are not following the covid guidelines. Hands! Face! Space! Somebody isn’t following the rules, and that makes Keir look a little bit silly.
+In another respect, the Labour leadership is quite out of touch. An Opposition Day debate in the House of Commons on Monday saw our frontbench arguing for a council tax freeze—coupled with a demand for more money for councils from central government. The latter part is quite justifiable, but on the point about being out of touch I suspect that practically every Labour-run council in the land will be putting their council tax up. They have to do what they can to maintain services. These have to be paid for somehow. But our leadership seems to think that tapping a Tory austerity policy of freezing council tax is a good thing. It doesn’t inspire confidence. And it didn’t between 2010—2015 when Labour thoroughly opposed council tax freezes.
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