Keir Starmer’s gamble could be the making of him — as long as it works

FT says the Labour leader has struggled to define himself with voters. By offering to resign if he is fined by police he stands in sharp contrast to Boris Johnson

Keir Starmer’s gamble could be the making of him — as long as it works

FT says the Labour leader has struggled to define himself with voters. By offering to resign if he is fined by police he stands in sharp contrast to Boris Johnson

FT News says this simply is make or break for Keir Starmer. By announcing that he will resign as Labour leader if he is fined for breaching Covid restrictions, he has gambled his position on a police inquiry whose outcome he cannot predict with absolute certainty.

But necessity was the mother of invention. Having called so unequivocally for the prime minister’s resignation after he was fined, Starmer’s position would have been untenable were he to be similarly punished over a legitimate campaign event in Durham which was rounded off with curry and beer. He would be the former Director of Public Prosecutions, the self-proclaimed hard man on law and order, who himself broke the law. The risks are therefore not as great as they might appear.

And the potential gains are large. The Labour leader lacks Boris Johnson’s charisma. His biggest selling point to voters was that, unlike the prime minister, he is a man of integrity — again the former DPP — who believed in the rules. Had he sought to stay on after being fined, his credibility would be shot.

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Read More: https://www.ft.com/content/b6894f43-51ab-4387-956b-12d9f2f1233f

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