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Don’t write Labour off just yet

Politics has never moved faster—it is too early to draft the party’s obituary

By Jonathan Lis  

Keir Starmer seeming to dismiss Angela Rayner and then promote her in his recent reshuffle added to Labour's impression of chaos. Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Politics, like comedy, is about timing. The best joke will fall flat if the pacing is off or the audience is not prepared. Sometimes events intervene beyond the comedian’s control. A theme can progress well until, suddenly, everything falls apart. 

Labour’s current predicament is the stuff of bad comedy. It had a theme—competence—which disintegrated when the NHS rapidly vaccinated millions of people and the government, rightly or wrongly, claimed the credit. It had a leader who appeared to be holding his electoral coalition together until both flanks seemed to desert him. As a party it fell victim both…

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