London — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson went too far with the 2019 election slogan, “Achieving Brexit,” opposition Labor leader Kiel Starmer went to the other side.
Prior to the Labor Party’s annual meeting, which began this weekend, Mr. Starmer wrote a policy statement designed to show his belief in over 11,000 words. Despite its novel-like length, it’s unlikely to compete with bestsellers.
Serious, talented but lacking in charisma, Starmer is a mirror image of Johnson, a polarized politician famous for phrasemaking and showmanship, rather than a solid grasp of stability and policy.
But when Mr. Starmer talks to a Labor Party member in the British seaside city of Brighton this week, he explains the agenda of the party that suffered a catastrophic defeat in the previous elections in 2019 to raise his profile. Some quirks are terribly needed to do. Left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“The combination of Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson would make us an ideal politician,” said Steven Fielding, a professor of political history at the University of Nottingham. But after a slump, Professor Fielding said Mr. Starmer “must convey his sense of purpose and the Labor Party’s gist under his leadership in Postcovid Britain.”
“It’s an existential question that he has to ask, answer, and communicate with himself,” said Professor Fielding.
There is no doubt about the intellect, seriousness, or ability of former Supreme Prosecutor Starmer, who has walked his path from the modest start of life to the highest levels of the statutory body.
However, some consider him politically inexperienced, while others accuse him of choosing an internal battle to emphasize his opposition to the Corbinite on the left. They include controversy over changes to the voting system for future party leader contests, which probably stopped the left from getting top jobs again. The plan caused enough anger within the party, forcing Starmer to propose a watered-down version instead.
But a more obvious complaint is that he couldn’t feel his presence in a way that showed his position in the party or strengthened his position with the public. Also, according to critics, he has never taken advantage of Johnson’s numerous setbacks.
Elected last year following the Labor Party’s devastating 2019 defeat, Starmer took much of his leadership to detoxify the party, whose image was damaged by a relentless struggle for anti-Semitic claims. I’ve spent it. It led to Mr Corbyn’s suspension, which remained excluded from the Labor Parliamentary group.
Focusing on the turmoil between the parties, along with a majority of the 80 seats enjoyed by Johnson’s conservatives, has forced Labor into the role of a spectator in parliament. Johnson broke his vow and raised taxes this month without fear. Mr. Starmer and his colleagues were able to do a lot to take advantage of it.
Perhaps with the need to confront the Conservatives more aggressively, Starmer has been criticizing this weekend for a “total lack of plans” by the government over the shortage of truck drivers that the British are worried about. He said there was. Delivery of fuel and goods.
Labor faces major challenges when it comes to election strategy. In 2019, working-class voters lost parliamentary seats in their former bases in the central and northern parts of the country as they warmed up to Johnson as they actively participated in Brexit-supporting agendas and cultural wars.
As a result, Starmer says he will regain traditional Labor voters behind the so-called “red wall” without alienating anti-Brexit supporters in big cities like London, where party support is increasingly concentrated. I left an enviable job.
His misfortune is that the pandemic dominated the media agenda, keeping the government at a central stage and giving it a megaphone to defeat its leadership role, whether it benefits or not.
During the early months of the Covid crisis, the prime minister was frustrated, having to resist the blockade first and then reverse the course, with Starmer surpassing Johnson in a face-to-face confrontation in Congress. The government’s effective vaccine deployment has revived the fate of the Conservatives, but its effectiveness is now diminishing, and Britain is facing an uncertain winter, making it difficult to predict the effects of a pandemic. Still, Johnson polls quite well for accident-prone leaders during his term.
Critics on the left say Starmer’s camp chose politeness and avoided a distinctive central leftist policy so as not to offend the election group.
“They thought Starmer was Biden, Johnson was Trump, and Johnson would self-destruct,” said James Schneider, a former spokesman for Corbyn. “The difference is that Biden is a very attractive person to the American people. He is attractive to everyone.”
When Labor lost the election for a vacant parliamentary seat in northern England in May, Mr. Sturmer suffered another self-harm setback due to a failed modification of his top team. He apparently blamed his adjutant Angela Rayner for defeat and stripped her of her important position, but was forced to withdraw in the face of a backlash, eventually giving her more responsibility. ..
A full-fledged leadership crisis was averted when Labor unexpectedly advanced to win elections in another northern constituency, Batley and Spen, in July.
However, although Starmer must take place by 2024, Starmer’s authority may be challenged as he prepares to take over Johnson in a general election expected to take place a year ago. not. One of the rising Labor Party members is Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who made his name known during the pandemic.
Others in the party are still committed to Corbyn’s remaining agenda and are angry that Starmer is trying to change the voting system. I also hope Corbyn will return to the parliamentary group.
Concerns for more moderate Labor supporters are that they may have seen repeated leadership of Edward Miliband, who, like Mr. Starmer, came from the Labor “soft left” but lost the 2015 general election. is.
Former spokesman for Milliband, Tom Baldwin, said he believed Starmer could win and become an effective prime minister. But he was also critical of his focus on the lack of a compelling message and the civil war, which stated that “we are not going to help us reconnect with voters.”
“I wish the Labor Party was discussing the country with the country,” Baldwin said.
Starmer’s supporters are fascinated by Johnson, given that he broke his promise not to raise taxes, and the government is unable to fulfill his promise to bring prosperity to the neglected territories of the country. It states that it will be.
They argue that voters will eventually warm up to Mr. Starmer when “normal” politics resumes after the pandemic. He prefers to talk about policy over personality, but Starmer touched on his upbringing in a recent interview with Piers Morgan.
Still, his personality is very different from Mr Johnson’s, and most analysts hope that voters will be attracted to men who have created stability after years of political turmoil. I believe that the tactic is to devote himself to his strengths.
It’s also important for Mr. Starmer to give voters a clear reason to support Labor, political analysts say.
“He must be able to find the message, convey it, sell it, and he hasn’t done this so far,” said Professor Fielding. “Ability alone is not enough.”