Dominic Cummings aimed an irate barrage of criticism at Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer today after the UK opposition party suffered a humiliating defeat in Hartlepool in the by-election.
KS is a beta-lawyer-gamma-politician, like ~all in SW1 he obsesses on Media Reality not Actual Reality, he’s played the lobby game (badly) for a year WITHOUT A MESSAGE TO THE COUNTRY, now the pundits will a/ savage him, b/ tell him he needs to focus on them more, more exclusives!— Dominic Cummings (@Dominic2306) May 7, 2021
The Conservative party scored a historic win in the northern English town – a traditional Labour stronghold – as Britons went to the polls on Thursday to choose between candidates in the largest round of local elections in 50 years.
The former Downing Street adviser to PM Boris Johnson used Twitter to berate the Labour Party leader for having ostensibly spent a year in charge of the opposition “without [delivering] a message to the country”.
The main architect of Brexit slammed Labour’s loss of the seat it had held for half a century, as Conservative candidate Jill Mortimer outran her Labour party rival Paul Williams, receiving almost 7,000 more votes.
Cummings' rambling diatribe insisted that if Labour had had a leader “focused on actual reality” the party would have stood a realistic chance of triumphing at the next general election. He added scathingly that this was unlikely to happen.
If LAB had a leader 80% as good at comms as Blair + focused on ActualReality, they'd win next GE easy. They don't/won't, P(80%), so impossible now to be confident re what will happen, both parties cd easily be hated/held in contempt at same time— Dominic Cummings (@Dominic2306) May 7, 2021
Analysing Labour’s crushing loss, Cummings accused Starmer of being too focused on “media reality” as opposed to reality.
A sign KS trying to improve: sustained effort on violent crime, not ‘a crime week in the grid’ (usual sw1 crap) but SUSTAINED, month after month after month. P(80-90%) won’t happen. KS OODA will stay Media Reality, not Actual Reality cos reorienting= infuriating media on own side— Dominic Cummings (@Dominic2306) May 7, 2021
Although he conceded that the opposition party’s recent toughened stance on violent crime, and law and order was a sign it was trying to change, Cummings advised Labour to focus more on the outstanding issues “month after month after month".
The optimal political strategy for CON *&* LAB a/ is almost identical & b/ wd be described by pundits, as VL strategy 16/19, as ‘incoherent/mad’ cos does not fit SW1 ideas of lt/rt/centre, but wd be wildly popular. Neither will do cos both=oriented to MediaReality>ActualReality— Dominic Cummings (@Dominic2306) May 7, 2021
Cummings also had a dig at his former boss, Boris Johnson, who fired him in 2020, while touting his own Vote Leave strategy, which many believe swung the 2019 general election for the Conservatives because people were fed up with delays over Brexit.
He said both of the UK's main parties should take note of his Brexit masterplan.
The Twitter rant came as Starmer offered no comment amid dire signs on Thursday that voters in England were deserting the party for the Tories, Liberal Democrats, and even the Green party.
I'm urging everyone in Hartlepool to get out and vote for Jill Mortimer today.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 6, 2021
She's got a fantastic plan for change to take Hartlepool forward.
So vote Conservative in Hartlepool today. pic.twitter.com/r6gchDhtvn
Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the people of Hartlepool "for placing trust" in the Conservatives.
Tory party co-chairman Amanda Milling called the result "historic".
Hartlepool's new MP Jill Mortimer, in a speech during the vote count, summed up her amazing victory as demonstrating that “Labour have taken the people of Hartlepool for granted for too long."
Starmer's allies have claimed that the by-election results show the need for modernisation.
Incredibly disappointing defeat in Hartlepool.— Richard Burgon MP (@RichardBurgon) May 7, 2021
We are going backwards in areas we need to be winning.
Labour's leadership needs to urgently change direction.
It should start by championing the popular policies in our recent manifestos - backed by a large majority of voters.
Labour MP Richard Burgon, former shadow justice secretary, described the defeat as having been "incredibly disappointing", adding on Twitter that Labour's leadership "needs to urgently change direction".