Tory-lite is less popular than genuine change. Who’d ever have thought?
Keir Starmer’s personal approval ratings are lower than Jeremy Corbyn’s were at the same time in his leadership, despite the vicious mass press assault Corbyn had to endure throughout – and despite the attempts of Starmer’s supporters to portray their man as somehow turning the party around (no matter how long his streak of appalling by-election and local election results continues).
Corbyn, of course, was subjected to an unprecedented stream of smears, bile and vitriol the whole time he was leader, while Starmer – despite (or rather because of) his determination not to actually oppose or stand for anything and his war on party members and democracy – has had the softest of kid glove treatments.
And Starmer is (in title at least) opposing the worst Tory leader in history, a man responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of our people, combined with the worst economic performance in the pandemic of the developed world. A man beset by troubles and derision as his own habitual lies come out one by one to bite him in his saggy, privileged backside.
Yet Starmer is two points behind Corbyn’s rating, as the @leftiestats account has pointed out:
This latest reality-bomb explodes just as Labour’s mirage of higher Westminster voting intention than the Tories starts to evaporate in the heat of the public’s realisation that Starmer was unable to best the blond buffoon in PMQs last week despite having every tactical advantage – and of course Starmer’s continual failure to actually stand for anything or against anything the Tories are doing.
It appears that the public has a far more instinctive warmth toward actual integrity and vision, despite media lies and bias, than toward a pale imitation of the Tories that have blighted this country for more than a decade. Who’d ever have guessed?
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