Labour only wins when it understands aspiration. British voters want stability, not a revolution. Starmer showed today that is a lesson he has learned.
“A Britain that is greener, fairer, more dynamic, and isn’t afraid to use the power of government… because we can’t go on like this.”
A brief series highlighting how the Labour Party used to be intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich, as long as they paid their taxes.
As the Government goes off in a radical new direction, he will hope to show he has made his party sensible.
The Labour leader confirms he would reintroduce the top rate of 45p on income tax but would keep the 1p cut to the basic rate.
For almost a century, Labour has been a solidly monarchist party – and Labour Prime Ministers have often enjoyed better relations with the sovereign than their Tory equivalents.
In the Labour leader’s words, “the loss of our Queen robs our country of its stillest point, its greatest comfort, at precisely a time when we need those things most.”
For the first time since 1979, we saw a Tory PM enter office who believes in an economic doctrine and is not afraid to preach it.
A serious programme is needed to drive up prosecution rates and refocus on the police on bring criminals to justice.
The Foreign Secretary will have to spend more to help with energy bills and finance tax cuts. As borrowing becomes more expensive, this will require either spending cuts, tax rises, or both.
The new leader’s task will be to turn out as many as possible of those who backed Johnson in 2019. Tories are more likely to think the two would be very different leaders – but nearly half of those we sampled suggested that the choice will make little difference.
The Conservative Party should in future negotiate with the broadcasters so leadership contenders are not “writing Labour’s next leaflets”.
The last two weeks have not covered the Conservative Party in glory, and have distracted from Starmer’s own problems.
Some MPs continued to boo him, which was as it should be. Johnson delights the pit by infuriating the prigs.