Keir Starmer accuses Stop the War coalition of siding with Nato’s enemies

Labour leader affirms support for transatlantic alliance and attacks organisation in which Jeremy Corbyn is leading figure

By Heather Stewart
Feb 10, 2022

Keir Starmer has launched an outspoken attack on the Stop the War coalition, in which Jeremy Corbyn is a leading figure, effectively accusing the campaign group of siding with Russia against Nato.
In an opinion article for the Guardian, written on the way to Brussels where he reaffirmed Labour’s staunch support for Nato, Starmer says Stop the War are “not benign voices for peace”.
“At best they are naive, at worst they actively give succour to authoritarian leaders who directly threaten democracies. There is nothing progressive in showing solidarity with the aggressor when our allies need our solidarity and – crucially – our practical assistance now more than ever.”

He said Putin’s regime would see Stop the War protesters in the UK as “virtue signallers” who were “providing a smokescreen so it can go on beating up and jailing those brave individuals that dare to stand up to its despotism on the streets of Russia”.

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Yesterday rather than highlight Liz Truss’ failed visit to Moscow, Labour leader Keir Starmer chose to attack Stop the War Coalition in a Guardian article. It says a lot about the direction of travel for his leadership and the foreign policy priorities of any future Labour government.

Stop the War opposes war in Ukraine and believes the differences between Ukraine and Russia should be negotiated peacefully. Starmer would do well to support the efforts of the French and German governments in the search for a diplomatic solution.

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Last night we held a very successful online rally opposing any push to war with Ukraine and NATO’s nuclear warmongering agenda. I’d recommend watching it if you want to know more about the situation in Ukraine and what you can do to resist the push for war. Click here to watch it back.

Starmer’s ‘unshakable’ commitment to NATO has the potential to drag Britain into future unwanted conflicts which, if the past 20 years is anything to go by, will be an absolute disaster. The idea that NATO is a source for peace would come as a shock to the people of Afghanistan and Libya, who have both seen their countries destroyed by NATO bombs and forces.

As we did during those attacks, we demand that the British government call for de-escalation and pull themselves away from the military priorities of the USA by developing an independent, peaceful foreign policy.

If you agree and want to help us further this demand you can do so by becoming a member of Stop the War today or affiliating your local group or trade union branch.

We need the anti war movement more than ever. And our record in opposing wars has been proved right, while Blairite warmongering now espoused by Starmer has been proved wrong.

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