Keir Starmer was sensationally barred from a pub in Bath during a walkabout in the Somerset town on Monday. He was confronted outside The Raven pub by landlord Rod Humphris who had got wind of Starmer's presence. Humphris was angry about Starmer's persistent support for coronavirus restrictions and even presented him with a graph to back up his argument. In the video a sneering Starmer is heard to tell Mr Humphris: "I really don't need lectures from you about this pandemic". The Labour leader then walks away and infuriates Mr Humphris further by entering his pub, the reason for which is not known.
A struggle then ensues in which Starmer's burly minder tries to stop the landlord from entering his own pub. Mr Humphris manages to force his way in, but is cornered on a staircase. While he is trapped on the stairs he repeatedly orders Starmer to leave the premises, which Starmer does, after retrieving Mr Humphris's spectacles which had fallen off during the struggle.
Assaulting a lifelong Labour voter on his own property is not a good look for Sir Squeaky. More Red Wall votes will be lost on the back of this. The hashtag #GetOutOfMyPub is currently trending on Twitter.
In a damage limitation interview after the incident, Starmer insinuated that Mr Humphris was a conspiracy theorist. This is a typical establishment response towards lockdown sceptics, many of whom have legitimate concerns based on statistics and facts. At no point during the exchange did Mr Humphris deny that there was a virus or a pandemic, but Starmer smears him anyway.
The landlord was later quoted by 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?"
A very good question indeed. The next question will be just how much longer we are going to stand for it? There were just four coronavirus deaths reported on Monday across the whole of the UK and figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that around a quarter of deaths attributed to Covid-19 are not actually a result of the virus.