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The Political History of Keir Starmer

In recent days I have been reading Oliver Eagleton's The Starmer Project (2023). The book takes a close look at Starmer's career as a lawyer before he became an MP. Eagleton is especially interested in his work at the Crown Prosecution Service. Starmer's attempt to criminalize peaceful protesters is particularly disturbing and provides an insight into the type of prime minister he will be. Starmer's attitude towards women's rights and welfare benefits is also worrying. Anyway, here is a list of evidence against Keir Starmer. I have omitted the ten broken pledges of his leadership campaign as I have already covered that issue in a previous blog post:


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John Simkin

In September, 1997, Spartacus Educational founder and managing director John Simkin became the first educational publisher in Britain to establish a website that was willing to provide teachers and students with free educational materials.

According to a survey carried out by the Fischer Trust, Spartacus Educational is one of the top three websites used by history teachers and students in Britain (the other two are BBC History and the Public Record Office’s Learning Curve). The Spartacus Educational website currently gets up to 7 million page impressions a month and 3 million unique visitors.

As well as running the Spartacus Educational website John Simkin has also produced material for the Electronic Telegraph, the European Virtual School and the Guardian's educational website, Learn. He was also a member of the European History E-Learning Project (E-Help), a project to encourage and improve use of ICT and the internet in classrooms across the continent.

We have published six e-books, Charles Dickens: A Biography (October, 2012), First World War Encyclopedia (October, 2012), Assassination of John F. Kennedy Encyclopedia (November, 2012), Gandhi: A Biography (December, 2012), The Spanish Civil War (December, 2012) and The American Civil War (December, 2012). He also contributed an article to the recently published book, Using New Technologies to Enhance Teaching and Learning in History (December, 2012).

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