Is Keir Starmer racist?

The Labour leader has promised to sign up for ‘unconscious bias training’.


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Labour leader Keir Starmer has said he will undergo ‘unconscious-bias training’, following a backlash to his reverse-ferret over Black Lives Matter.

Speaking to Nick Ferrari on LBC, Starmer said that a two-to-three-hour course on unconscious bias would be made available across the Labour Party, and that he would ‘lead from the front’ in taking it.

If the Labour leader believes he is in need of unconscious-bias training, does that not imply that he thinks he could be racist? Starmer also thinks that ‘everyone’ should take courses like this. Perhaps he believes we are all racist.

In reality, there is no clear evidence that training around implicit bias has any success in combating racism. It’s a bizarre policy for a supposedly ‘forensic’ politician to champion.

Now pointless political re-education is on the cards for everyone in Labour.

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Marvin Jones

14th July 2020 at 5:51 pm

I am afraid that this country is ready for a gutless liberal labour coward, who is totally terrified of the threats posed by races from foreign lands who have been welcomed by the what I could only describe as suicidal surrender monkeys, who at one time were the indigenous warriors of Britain, but now a quivering lump of terrified excrement.

Barry O’Barmy

14th July 2020 at 4:34 pm

Virtue signalling—nothing more.

a watson

7th July 2020 at 10:45 am

The bias in the affluent and wealthy London Labour Party, conscious or not, towards the white working class male will not be confronted. These millionaires, feminists and other snobs have destroyed Labour and much else.

Brian Turner

7th July 2020 at 10:24 am

Starmer should take training to help him spot a serial rapist such as his mate Jimmy Saville

Ray Gunn

7th July 2020 at 8:21 am

Fresh from his knee curtsey grovel Sir Keir Starmer is now to sign up for training to prevent his ‘unconscious bias’, perhaps more succinctly described as ‘wrongthink’. He recommends ‘everyone’ should have this training. If Labour ever manages to win an election will we see ‘wrongthink’ re-education centres set up around the nation?. To prevent backsliding will they organise ‘wrongthink’ street and workplace monitors to maintain purity of thought?.

Gordon Te Gopher

6th July 2020 at 10:05 pm

Strange that the Labour Party never thought to do unconscious bias training when they were being accused of anti-semitism.

But then maybe that particular bias isn’t unconscious.

Gordon Te Gopher

6th July 2020 at 8:40 pm

Every now and then I have the most fantastic of poos. One of those where it all comes out in one. You know it’s big but it still comes out quite easily – no straining. Your tummy feels empty afterwards but in a satisfying way. There’s a nice meaty smell coming from the pan below. And then you have a look and not only has one end disappeared down the u-bend but the other end is sticking out well above the waterline.

The thing is I consider poos such as these a ‘defining monent’ – should I have unconscious bias training?

Dominic Straiton

6th July 2020 at 8:00 pm

Conscious bias is a defence mechanism. It save you from death. Its simple flight or fight. Kneel down to your enemy, you get your head cut off sooner or later.

CJ Hawes

6th July 2020 at 7:58 pm

God help him if he takes the training and the conclusion is that he isn’t racist.

Gordon Te Gopher

6th July 2020 at 9:54 pm

Or even worse he takes the training and the conclusion is that he IS unconscious.

I’ve always had my suspicions.

Geoff W

6th July 2020 at 7:27 pm

More public cash for the virtue-signallers. Starmer has many faults but I don’t think being a racist is one unless the spelling has been changed to “prat”.

Tim Wheeler

6th July 2020 at 7:15 pm

It’s quite likely Sir Kier’s ‘unconscious bias’ training will be based on Robin DiAngelo’s ‘White Fragility’ ideas so poor old Sir Kier may emerge from the ‘training’ as a deluded & intolerant, fascist control-freak.

Jonathan Palmer

6th July 2020 at 7:15 pm

I don’t think he’s particularly racist. Self righteous yes and now a bit frightened.

Mark Beal

6th July 2020 at 5:56 pm

A far more interesting question is the extent to which there exists a very conscious bias against white people in the LP.

Christopher Tyson

6th July 2020 at 5:26 pm

Kier Starmer is clearly admitting to be a racist, at least as clear as you’ll get from a man with the lawyerly habit of never giving a straight answer to a straight question. However rather than admitting to his racism he has blamed his unconscious and then generalised the question to include lots of other people including the whole labour Party, the old trick of ‘systemic’ or ‘structural’ (who knows the difference) racism to evade personal responsibility.
I am, I hate to say, the same age (old) as Starmer, also I was once called a ‘cagey bugger’ in my student days by a cleaner who was trying to get some gossip out of me, I know how it is. But during the racial conflicts in the UK between the 1960s and 1990s, (things are a lot quieter now), I never heard of Kier Starmer. To confess your own guilt in a manner of your choosing, to decide of your own ‘punishment’ or ‘re-education’ then to suggest that everyone else undergoes ‘re-education’, seemingly unaware of how ubiquitous, unconscious bias training is in his own circles, suggest, ignorance, conceit or dishonesty. We should have a proper show trial, sorry a proper review of the facts to enable us to ascertain whether Starmer is or isn’t actually a racist, your honour my client, sorry Starmer should not be damned by his own admission. Or maybe he should, according to McPherson, racism is anything anyone says it is, so let’s save ourselves some time, Starmer is a racist.

Christopher Tyson

6th July 2020 at 5:29 pm

Sorry should be ‘Keir’

James Knight

6th July 2020 at 5:21 pm

Could the people who devise and deliver “unconscious bias” training have their own “unconscious bias”?

The left have gone from promoting “colour blind” to “colour consciousness”. Does this sound familiar? It should. Look at the school were children were apparently mixing without issues but were then divided into “affinity groups”? Does this sound familiar? It should. It is the PC term for racial segregation. In this case they were force fed therapy. Apparently kids were scared of saying the wrong thing on race because it “might ruin their lives”. Which is sounds disingenuous. A woke mob might ruin their lives because institutions like schools and others would likely support them.

I notice a recent study on BAME and LGBTQ people in the media found these groups were over-represented on TV. So I am not sure why the BBC needs to spend another £100 million on “diversity”. Maybe a better start would be to remove their own “conscious bias”?

Dominic Straiton

6th July 2020 at 4:36 pm

I got up this morning , went outside and started shouting racist abuse at my neighbours. Then went back to bed. Turns out it was all unconscious sleep walking.

David Graham

6th July 2020 at 4:19 pm

Is the countryside racist? The unconscious mind works in mysterious ways. Perhaps it would be better to work on consciousness first? It sounds a bit eager to please and not very scientific, if not attention seeking and superficial, and without too many serious side effects?

Jack Sprat

6th July 2020 at 8:05 pm

This is no joke . Looking at my book of wild flowers showed huge numbers of white ones and even more yellow ( Chinese are it seems honorary whiites in BLM circles ). Almost no blue flowers and NONE BLACK ! Time for a demo outside ministry of ag and fish or whatever to demand priority gov funding for genetic modification to aim for 3.3% of wild flowers black.

David J

6th July 2020 at 4:13 pm

Kier Starmer leads the racist-stupidity charge.

I think he should down on both knees next time, and truly complete his abject foolishness.

Barbara Baker

6th July 2020 at 4:11 pm

Captain Forensic forgot due diligence on this one – will Labour voters believe/swallow this rubbish? They will be busy kicking over the remains of the Red Wall while he kneels in front of his unconscious bias trainer and begs for forgiveness.

K Tojo

6th July 2020 at 3:44 pm

Freedom of thought means freedom to be biased or it means nothing at all.

Anyway, isn’t it about time we had a clear consensus definition of racism. Judging by the tone of recent protests Black Lives Matter (More than anyone else’s). What kind of social justice does that portend?

George Whale

6th July 2020 at 3:32 pm

Will ethnic minority LP members be invited to take the training?

Michel Houllebeq

6th July 2020 at 3:27 pm

Regarding racism, there’s no doubt Labour is racist – against white people.
This unconscious bias brainwashing is currently forced on every civil servant in the UK – you had to do it or be sacked and lose your income. It is based on only white people can be racist and the programme itself is racist against white people.

Terence Ballard

6th July 2020 at 3:24 pm

It’s a money-making scam. First the Diversity Course where they tell the white people they have “unconscious bias”. Them the Unconscious Bias course where they tell white people they’re racist. Kerching!

Stef Steer

6th July 2020 at 3:22 pm

A nice little earner for his mates, same old Labour. Is he racist? probably I think the dire history of categorising people and eugenics that is associated with the authoritarian left means deep down they have to be and then they project it onto everyone else.

Ray Diator

6th July 2020 at 3:17 pm

The salaries in Eastern Europe are not as high as Britain, but at least I don’t have to put up with all this nonstop woke PC crap

Dodgy Geezer

6th July 2020 at 3:15 pm

“……..Starmer said that a two-to-three-hour course on unconscious bias would be made available ………”

This would be a course, not designed to improve your knowledge, but rather to force you to change your opinions?

How does that differ from ‘brainwashing’?

Mor Vir

6th July 2020 at 2:32 pm

Glad that I never got involved with LP and had to put up with all that endless nonsense.

Terence Ballard

6th July 2020 at 3:25 pm

All the banks, corporations, the NHS, Civil Service, Councils etc are running course like this, loads of money in it for the training providers.

Philip Humphrey

6th July 2020 at 3:59 pm

And as it do any good whatsoever? My guess is that it’s completely counterproductive, it hardens attitudes, no way does it change them.

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