As Boris Johnson shakes after the Downing Street “Partygate” celebrations, Keir Starmer’s Labor party enjoys good leadership. public opinion.
All at once Starmer, who has struggled to maintain long-term care at the top, looks like a winner. In his New Year’s address, released earlier this month, he praised the leaders who won the Labor elections, Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair. Commentators said his interest in the three winners of the party showed that he was determined to win. Finally, it was said that he was making his way.
Obviously, Starmer said the same thing in his conference address as leader in 2020, but the same thing really was, Covid was arguing and the next election was far from over. Johnson ruled almost all politics and few wrote what Starmer wrote.
However, the approval of the opposition to the Labor Party does not guarantee that the election will go smoothly. Neil Kinnock and Ed Miliband enjoyed great success and no one became prime minister. Obviously Starmer wants to avoid this tragedy. They can take a few from the only two leaders who won after the war: Wilson and Blair.
Although they were very different, all these politicians set out their main arguments before the election and the political warning. In preparation for the 1964 election, Wilson used “modernization” as his theme, with a strong focus on “pure technical heat”. Blair also pledged to “modernize” in 1997. Both formed a divisive line between the parties “possible against inequality”.
These are the safest topics to campaign for. Who prefers incompetence? Apparently Starmer is now following the same path. In his remarks he declared that his three core values were “security, development and dignity”.
Wilson and Blair also drew the attention of exhaustive, long-serving Conservative rulers. Sound familiar? Amid a series of setbacks in 1962, when Prime Minister of Tory Harold Macmillan reshuffled his prime minister’s so-called “long knife-wielding night”, Wilson, a former opposition leader, said: “The Prime Minister removed half of his ministers…. The wrong half”.
Both of these leaders used wisdom as a political weapon. Although he did not perform well as a player, Starmer did well on the Prime Minister’s questions this week, dropping the “apology” that Johnson made in connection with the No. 10 field meeting he admitted to participating in in May 2020, despite Covid’s restrictions.
For the leaders of the opposition parties this is easy – to announce the unfortunate heads as they beat the besieged prime ministers. The problem is that their carefully selected headlines sound interesting.
Being a critical leader is a skill. They cannot be prosecuted according to the procedure because they are not in government. Instead, they should be seen to have a future with just words and deeds. This means being stable and secure. This also applies especially to Starmer, given the major challenges facing the next election, from the effects of the epidemic to climate change – not forgetting Brexit.
Above all, the winners of the election appear to be due to their differences. For the interests of Wilson, Blair or Margaret Thatcher there was no lasting comparison with those who led. Of course Blair’s respite from the past was obvious. His party became “New” with the name.
Starmer needs to take action in ways that ensure that this is one of the last documents that Labor officials mentioned in connection with his leadership. He must be the first and best known of his high political positions, looking to the future without being defended or blocked by any part of his hurricane party.
The author is the author ‘The Prime Minister we did not have: Successes and Failures from Butler to Corbyn ‘