Keir Starmer is a pawn in his woke party’s political claim.
It’s Local Election day and these local elections will be important to both Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer. For Boris, he needs to prove the Conservatives are the natural party of the centre and not the right as it has often been accused of being recently in wake of Brexit (which Boris backed). Keir Starmer needs to prove the same - that he has trashed Corbynism and embraced a more palatable version of the Third Way free market economics and social justice mix that propelled Tony Blair to a landslide win at the 1997 Election.
This won’t happen for Keir. His party are completely and utterly skewed to the Left. They call for strikes, make unnecessary noise about students being unacceptably repressed and want to renationalise public utilities which will cost the government a fortune and will risk a return to the Winter of Discontent of 1979.
Starmer as man is more like Blair than Corbyn, but he has none of the great man’s charisma or clear, articulated vision for the country. I suppose that’s not his fault - we are in a pandemic, but all Keir has done for most of this crisis is criticize Boris rather than come up with any serviceable solutions. He’s Soft Left, but he’s surrounded by cronies of ultra-Leftist loonies who would backstab him and bring him down if he were to signal a return to Blairism considering Blair is one of the most hated men in the western world because of Iraq. I expect if Labour do badly in the local elections, Starmer may be given the boot - his approval ratings are the lowest of any Labour leader in years (lower than Corbyn, lower than Miliband).
Boris, on the other hand, however buffoony he may be, has a much firmer grasp on the centre and ironically a slight twitch to the Left. Some say Budget 2021 trashed Thatcherism and embraced Europe’s policy of decline. I saw it as a very liberal and unconservative budget for a very liberal and unconservative time. We are in a pandemic - there is no way the Tories could have kept cutting spending and taxes if they were going to revive the economy. I expect had they been in power during the financial crisis they too would have had to promote recapitalisation and pump millions into the system. This fundamentally goes against the Tories’ principles of small state, low taxes, low spending, but it was the only necessary option.
Critics - mostly university graduate students - dislike Keir Starmer because he is “taking socialism out of the Labour Party”. Which is ironic because it was Hard Left Socialism that led to Labour’s worst defeat in 84 years at the last general election. They ought to start listening to their leader’s talk of modernization and embracing the centre - it may be the only way they ever win power again.