Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Keir Starmer

“It’s unwise for politicians to… pronounce, day-by-day, which acts may or may not be in accordance with international law… and I’m not going to get involved in that kind of exercise”

Sir Keir Starmer, Labour Leader, speech at Chatham House

Facts

Asked on 31 October 2023 if Israel had broken international law, Keir Starmer replied that “it’s unwise for politicians to stand on stages like this, or to sit in television studios, and pronounce, day-by-day, which acts may or may not be in accordance with international law… it’s extremely unwise and I’m not going to get involved in that kind of exercise.”

Yet in February of that year, on a visit to Kyiv, Starmer had no such reservations about pronouncing on Russian transgressions of international law in Ukraine. “These are war crimes, these are absolutely appalling crimes,” he declared.

Verdict

A blatant double standard. Starmer is either by his own account “extremely unwise” or his criteria for pronouncing on questions of international law is merely whether the accused country is a UK/US ally.

We emailed Sir Keir Starmer’s office and Labour offering them the chance to respond. We received no response.

Published 28 Jun 2024
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