The Labour leader told Boris Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) that he is risking being kicked out of Johnson was compared to the Star Wars gangster Jabba the Hutt by the Labour leader as he tries to shed his “boring” tag with pop culture references.
Sir Keir told MPs in the House of Commons, “As for his (Johnson’s) boasting 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 were broken, the economy is booming,” the issue the Prime Minister has is that the force isn’t with him any more.
The Labour leader added, “He thinks he’s Obi-Wan Kenobi – the truth is, he’s Jabba the Hutt.
“Last week he stood there and boasted that we would continue to grow the economy. This week it turns out the economy shrank for the second month in a row.
“How does it help Britain to have an ostrich Britain with his head in the sand?”
Johnson responded with, “There he goes again, running this country down… we’ve got the highest employment… we’ve got lower unemployment than France, Germany, Italy, Canada.
“We’ve got the highest number of people in payroll jobs.”
The Prime Minister 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 France.
“He should be talking this country up, not running it down.”
Sir Keir asked, “When did screwing business turn from a flippant comment into economic policy?”
He then made reference to ITV’s dating show Love Island and how Johnson’s behaviour could be a turn-off to many voters.
The Labour leader said, “He says the economy is booming when it’s shrinking. He’s gameplaying so much he thinks he’s on Love Island.
“The trouble is, Prime Minister, that I’m reliably informed that contestants that give the public the ‘ick’, get booted out.”
The Prime Minister said, “We’re helping people with the cost of living, with £1,200. On July 14 the money will be going into people’s bank accounts.
“Why can we do that?
“Because we have the fiscal firepower to do it, because the economy is in a robust shape, with record numbers of people in payroll employment.”
Johnson added, “He has the chance now to clear it up: he can oppose Labour’s rail strikes right now, he can disagree, I give him that opportunity, let him disagree with the union barons who would add to people’s costs in the coming weeks.”