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Don’t write Labour off just yet

By C W  

2FMY399 Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Deputy Leader Angela Rayner during a visit to The Construction Skills Centre in London where they met students. Picture date: Wednesday May 12, 2021.

Politics, like comedy, is about timing. The best joke will fall flat if the pacing is off or the audience is not prepared. Sometimes events intervene beyond the comedian’s control. A theme can progress well until, suddenly, everything falls apart. 

Labour’s current predicament is the stuff of bad comedy. It had a theme—competence—which disintegrated when the NHS rapidly vaccinated millions of people and the government, rightly or wrongly, claimed the credit. It had a leader who seemed to be holding his electoral coalition together until both flanks seemed to desert him. As a party it fell victim both…

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