Twitter users today accused ‘boring’ Keir Starmer of ‘fat shaming’ Boris Johnson after he compared the Prime Minister to Star Wars villain Jabba the Hutt in a commendable PMQ.
The Labor leader mixed up his metaphors as he delivered a series of ‘lame’ gags to the Commons this afternoon.
Sir Keir, who has been forced to beg his own MPs to stop telling the media he is boring, performed for the cameras as he tried to land a series of crushing blows at Mr Johnson.
In reference to Star Wars, he then mocked that the PM ‘thinks he’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, the truth is he’s Jabba the Hutt’ – a fat evil slug-like gangster who features prominently in the film Return Of The Jedi .
But the under-fire Labor leader now has another set of problems, as he is accused of ‘fat shaming’ and ‘insulting’ Mr Johnson and ‘lowering his voice’ in parliament on social media.
One Twitter user railed: “Jabba the Hutt jokes sound like Johnson gossiping about his weight. And that just underscores the awful nonsense I want less of in Parliament.
Another tweeted: “Does @Keir_Starmer seriously think calling this country’s prime minister-elect Jabba the Hut is appropriate?” This set the tone for PMQs, with Starmer desperate for something to throw at Boris and thinking he’s funny when in reality he’s just insulting.
Boris Johnson speaking at PMQs in the Commons, June 15, 2022
Jabba the Hutt, the Star Wars villain behind Keir Starmer’s PMQ joke
Twitter users blasted Keir Starmer’s Jabba the Hutt comparison at PMQs today
Jabba the Hutt: The big evil Star Wars slug-like gangster at the heart of Keir Starmer’s PMQ joke
Jabba the Hutt is a fictional Star Wars villain who appears prominently in the movie Return of the Jedi.
A fat, evil, slug-like mobster who lives in his place on Tatooine surrounded by enslaved alien girls, Jabba places a bounty on Han Solo’s head.
After bounty hunter Boba Fett captures Solo and delivers his frozen body to Jabba, the mobster lays it on display in his palace.
He is eventually choked to death by Princess Leia as she and Luke Skywalker rescue Solo.
A third posted: ‘Starmer just compared QuasiBoJo to Jabba the Hutt from the shipping box. What happened to the tone of political debate in this country? “.
And in an attempt to crack his own Star Wars-themed pun, one person wrote: “If Boris Johnson is Jabba the Hutt, then Keir Starmer is a cross between a Wookie and R2D2.” Others have suggested the Prime Minister missed an opportunity to call Sir Keir ‘Darth Labour’.
At PMQs, Sir Keir said of Mr Johnson: ‘He’s in government, he could do something to stop the strikes.’ But he didn’t lift a finger. I don’t want the strikes to continue, but he does. He wants the country to stop so he can feed on division.
“And as for his bragging about the economy, he thinks he can perform Jedi mind tricks on the country. “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for, no rules have been broken, the economy is booming.” The problem is that the force is no longer with him.
‘He thinks he’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, the truth is he’s Jabba the Hutt. Last week he stood there and bragged that we were going to keep the economy growing, this week it turns out the economy has contracted for the second month in a row. How does it help Britain to have an ostrich Britain with its head in the sand? »
The Prime Minister said: “Here he is again, turning this country upside down…we have the highest employment rate…we have lower unemployment than France, Germany, Europe. Italy and Canada have the highest number of people in salaried jobs.
He added: “Just in the first five months of this year, this country has attracted, I think, £16bn of investment in its tech sector… three times as much as Germany, twice as much as Germany. France, he should talk about this country, not run it down.
It follows a poll which found ‘boring’ was the word most commonly used by the public to describe the Labor leader.
It comes as Sir Keir faces calls for an inquiry into why he has not said which ‘mystery’ donors paid him over £25,000 for legal work before he became Labor leader .
A Tory MP has written to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards urging him to investigate further ‘potential breaches’ of the code.
Labor leader Keir Starmer speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday June 15, 2022
Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves as he leaves 10 Downing Street in central London on June 15, 2022 to attend PMQS at the House of Commons
Alexander Stafford asked why Sir Keir recorded the £17,598.60 receipt for ‘legal advice given before 2020’ – without saying who paid for it.
This followed two previous declarations of £2,399.58 and £5,936 in December 2020. Mr Stafford, MP for Rother Valley, said the payments declared in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests had not “disclosed the source of this money, or even the end customer”. ‘. He claimed it was a violation of the rules.
Kathryn Stone, the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, has announced she is investigating Sir Keir for multiple failures to register football team gifts and book royalties on time.
The Labor leader is also awaiting a verdict from Durham Police on whether he broke lockdown rules last year in the so-called ‘Beergate’ scandal – which saw him nicknamed ‘Sir Beer’ Korma”. This makes him the first opposition leader to face simultaneous investigations by the police and the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
Sir Keir has earned thousands of dollars for legal advice since becoming an MP, but stopped doing so when he became Labor leader in April 2020.
Tories have accused him of not being open about all the funding he has received, mocking the system that is supposed to let the public know if payments are overboard.
Mr Stafford’s letter said: “It is clear that Mr Starmer’s entry on the register is incomplete as it is impossible to determine what influence the payment he received might have had on his actions and words as a deputy.”
Sir Keir’s office said last year the donors had not been named due to ‘client confidentiality’ and said the arrangement had been agreed with the Registrar of Members’ Interests.