Tony Blair quickly wrapped a figurative protective arm around his agent when John Prescott was famous for hitting a protester who threw an egg at him in the 2001 general election. “John is John,” Blair said.
Keel Starmer didn’t seem to be so relaxed when Angela Rayner was quized at the party’s fringe meeting as a “bundle of scum” about her verbal attack on Tory ministers. “It’s not the language I use,” he frowned and later added to “speak” to her about it.
Starmer, like some Labor lawmakers, was clearly worried that it would be seen as an attack on Tories, as well as conservative voters who desperately need to win.
And Reiner’s refusal to withdraw poses yet another challenge to the authority of Labor leaders when he was trying to claim it.
For some shadow ministers, the case also resurfaced bubbling mutual distrust as Starmer tried to move his surrogate in his unsuccessful remodeling as a result of May’s disastrous Hartlepool by-elections. I let you.
Reiner, who previously apologized for calling the Tories “Scum” at the Commons, knows that such words enhance her plain, prisoner-free reputation among the grassroots parts of the Labor Party. ..
Unlike Prescott, who wasn’t considered Blair’s rival or future successor, Rainer wasn’t afraid to say he wanted to do a top job someday (she refused to rule it out this weekend. ).
The tricky part for some MPs is how Starmer presents himself to Reiner as a co-leader rather than a deputy leader. She often speaks of them as a complementary pair, their different styles of “yin and yang,” as a lawyer in a big city, a former care worker in her north.
Concerns that Rainer was often the dominant force in joint photo calls, according to one party source, even led to wearing flat shoes instead of high heels for the “arrival shot” of the Brighton conference. Otherwise she would literally have risen above her leader.
Perhaps Starmer’s main problem is that Rainer’s style, due to all its shortcomings, has at least the directness and cut-through that he lacks. When she represented PMQ last week, she was impressed by the impact on the Tories’ living expenses crisis.
Shortly after the Punch incident, John Prescott explained how to make a joke to Blair on the phone. “I was just executing your order. I did because you told us to connect with voters.” Starmer’s best answer to Reiner’s rivalry issue is Connect. It is also to start.