YouGov’s latest poll puts the Tories at 43 per cent and Labour at 39. What more proof do you need of Corbyn's incompetence?by Oliver Kamm / February 9, 2018 / Leave a comment
Theresa May entered Downing Street owing to the political self-immolation of her predecessor and the inadequacies of her principal rival. By declaring and losing the European referendum, David Cameron will ever be remembered, like Anthony Eden, for a single catastrophic misjudgement. By making inflammatory comments in an interview with my Times colleague Rachel Sylvester and then falsely claiming to have been misquoted, Andrea Leadsom demonstrated her unfitness for public—let alone prime ministerial—office.
Hence we are where we are, with an enfeebled prime minister at the head of a destructive, divided and intellectually chaotic government embarked on a rupture not just with Britain’s EU partners but with all our allies simultaneously.
And it’s still ahead in the polls.
YouGov’s latest survey puts the Tories at 43 per cent against 39 per cent for Labour. ICM has the Tories on 41 per cent, one point ahead of Labour. Asked who would make the best prime minister, voters (according to YouGov) give Theresa May a six-point lead over Jeremy Corbyn (35 per cent to 29 per cent). And both party leaders lag “don’t know” (at 36 per cent), which would be my choice.
This is a salutary corrective to the idea that Labour under Corbyn is doing well. It isn’t. For Labour to be unable to overhaul the worst government in living memory is a terrible indictment. For the party not even to be aware of its failings and of the widespread distrust of its leader is a betrayal of the people who Labour ought to be representing.