UK: Labour's Starmer Sets Five Missions for Government
On Thursday, opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer issued five missions he believes will give the UK 'its future back,' including securing the highest sustained growth in the G7, building a stronger health system, making streets safe, breaking down barriers to opportunities, and making Brit...
- On Thursday, opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer issued five missions he believes will give the UK 'its future back,' including securing the highest sustained growth in the G7, building a stronger health system, making streets safe, breaking down barriers to opportunities, and making Britain a clean energy superpower.1
- Though he didn't include specific policies, the speech has been read as an attempt to present the Labour Party as a viable option for government, with some suggesting he's already eyeing a second term in government.2
- Starmer said he was 'humble' about his party's electoral chances, especially after it 'lost badly in 2019,' adding that he was 'honest enough to say that some of these issues are not going to be fixed within five years.'3
- The speech faced backlash from those who say Starmer has abandoned many of the '10 pledges' of his 2020 campaign. Left-wing members of the party have criticized his more moderate stance on issues, such as committing to a 'massive role for the private sector' under a new Labour government.4
- Left-wing group Momentum — which supported former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's bid for government — dismissed Starmer's address, alleging he had jettisoned previous pledges.5
- The next general election is likely to take place in 2024 — Labour is currently leading the governing Conservative party by around 20% in the polls, suggesting they're on track for victory.2
Sources: 1Sky news, 2BBC News, 3The telegraph, 4Politico and 5The times.
- Left narrative, as provided by Guardian. The fact that Starmer isn't promising quick fixes suggests that he's committed to a long-term stint in government that will truly reform and revitalize Britain. Already more than 20% ahead in the polls, and amid a desperate time for the UK after a decade of Conservative austerity, Starmer is preparing the Labour Party for an incoming victory.
- Right narrative, as provided by The telegraph. Starmer's true mission is not to shape Britain but to become its prime minister. Commitment, no matter how great, means nothing unless it comes with concrete policies. These vague, unfunded promises mean nothing to voters, and this speech is the latest evidence of how Starmer really is the king of empty aspiration.