Keir Starmer has been humiliatingly thrown out of a pub in Bath after being accused by the landlord of “failing this country”. The breathtaking broadside was captured on video and has gone viral on social media.
Starmer was on a jaunt to the historic town today and thought he’d pop into the Raven pub for a photo op, but landlord Rod Humphris had other ideas and blocked the Labour leader’s path before launching into a tremendous attack worthy of a slot at PMQs.
Criticising Starmer over rapacious Covid restrictions that have dealt the hospitality industry a crippling blow, Humphris said: “You have failed me.”
“I have been a Labour voter my entire life, you have failed to be the Opposition… Thousands of people have died because you have failed to do your job and ask the real questions.”
Starmer mumbled some words in reply not picked up by the microphone. He can be heard uttering his usual refrain about “frontline workers” and then adding: “So I really don’t need lectures from you about this pandemic.”
“Do you understand that we have f*** our economy because old people are dying?” Humphris said.
Subsequent footage shows the landlord inside his pub sternly telling Starmer: “You are not allowed in my pub. That man is not allowed in my pub.
“GET OUT OF MY PUB!”
Another clip shows the landlord trying to get into his own pub. His access is blocked by one of Starmer’s heavies who shockingly swivels the angry publican round and forces him into the stairway, clearing the path for a sheepish Starmer – who has somehow managed to get into the pub it transpires – to exit. He appears via a door on the left hand side of the shot and moves out, masked-up aides in tow, including the thug.
Humphris later told reporters: “I had heard that the Labour Party were coming round and he turned up and I told him what I thought of him, basically.
“I think he has utterly failed us as the leader of the Opposition, he has completely failed to ask the questions that needed asking, like, why did we throw away our previous pandemic preparedness?
“Why have we just accepted lockdown?”
In later comments Starmer said he “profoundly disagreed” with the Raven’s landlord. In his view, the “vast majority of people here in Bath and elsewhere recognise that lockdown was necessary, that restrictions were necessary, that we need to come slowly and carefully out so that we never go back into lockdown.
“He took the opposite view that we shouldn’t have restrictions. Now I profoundly disagree with that.”