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  • Sir! Keir! Starmer!
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    Why is he terrible when he should be so good?

    Premier Icon ransos
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    Hasn’t everyone to the right of Dennis Skinner given up on the political threads now?

    I didn’t have you down as a lefty.

    Premier Icon ernielynch
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    I voted for him as leader thinking no one who was involved in that epic david vs goliath campaign could be pro-establishment but I guess I was very naive.

    That’s a bit unfair, of course he’s pro-establishment, if he wasn’t he would have to deal with a relentlessly hostile media, Tory Party, and parliamentary Labour Party.

    Saying and doing nothing does appear to be producing some results though, the Tory lead has been reduced to single figures in the last 10 national polls.

    Obviously midterm the Tories should be actually trailing in the polls, nearer to the general election the ruling party can usually expect a surge in support – there’s a reason why it’s called the midterm blues. But it’s still a significant improvement over the double digit Tory lead of recent time.

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    Saying and doing nothing does appear to be producing some results though, the Tory lead has been reduced to single figures in the last 10 national polls.

    Yep, his best chance of beating the tories is for the tories to beat themselves when enough people wake up to what a bad government this is. Guess a number of people are seeing through Johnson BS, all the ‘little’ issues bordering on corruption are building up their effect and so on.

    Why is he terrible when he should be so good?

    I think he is too straight, doesn’t want to upset anything i.e a bit too establishment. Most MPs are but he just seems to look and act more so. And when up against Johnson that just doesn’t win.
    If Johnson wasn’t there it may be better but people getting fed up with him, as per above comment, may do the trick.

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    I think he is too straight, doesn’t want to upset anything

    That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. I’ve recently read some research* that shows that fully 1/3 of the population are primed to have authoritarian pre-disposition, they value “oneness and sameness…” and amazingly, it’s heritable. In normal times, these are the folks who run the library with ruthless efficiency, but when activated by “normative threats” – the feeling that times are changing too fast, authoritarians can support huge and threatening socail upheaval to restore their sense of order – see the MAGA rallies; the songs, chants and dance steps…all these things made them feel part of a whole again…

    Part of Biden’s success was to keep these folk reassured that things are going back to a normalcy…politics is boring again.

    *The Authoritarian Dynamic

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    That’s not necessarily a bad thing though.

    Agree and something I would want in a PM rather than a lying clown. However, doesn’t seem to be as attractive to a lot of people as a lying clown though does he.

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    I’d be a bit wary of these essentialist accounts of ‘the human condition’, a third of the population have inherited authoritarianism? So two-thirds have inherited what? What if there’s miscegenation, strictly enforced anarchy?

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    Agree and something I would want in a PM rather than a lying clown. However, doesn’t seem to be as attractive to a lot of people as a lying clown though does he.

    He’s done nothing to move my opinion of him since 2019… would rather have him as PM than the clown we have, or most MPs of any party… but that’s irrelevant, because he absolutely does not have what it takes to win an election in modern times against someone like Johnson.

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    In a description by one Tariq Ali he calls for a leader who is, amongst other things, ‘sober’. He’d be drinking with, not going to, the fat cat.

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    I’d be a bit wary of these essentialist accounts of ‘the human condition

    i know right, bloody academics and their research, what do they know, eh?

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    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jul/31/keir-starmers-aide-warns-labour-has-lost-touch-with-target-voters?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

    Seriously..this is a shock.

    Should’ve come here ages ago.

    “still suffering damage from the Corbyn era, which ended with the 2019 defeat. Many of those who deserted, in what were previously solid Labour seats, have yet to “get to know” Starmer, say MPs. A senior frontbencher said: “The pandemic has not helped Keir. It is has been difficult to get himself known.”

    Oh do **** off.

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    i know right, bloody academics and their research, what do they know, eh?

    You shouldn’t be so deferential. They don’t all agree you know.

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    I think he is too straight, doesn’t want to upset anything i.e a bit too establishment.

    Yes. Not the makings of the opposition then. Zero passion and conviction too.

    Middle management not a leader.

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    ‘kin ell. Just across the road from me.

    Dismal.

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    Zero passion and conviction too.

    More an inability to communicate his passion and conviction

    Middle management not a leader.

    More the wrong sort of leadership for the post JC labour party

    Dismal

    It’s a local by-election, high votes for an independent candidate, clearly not a verdict on anything

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    I think he needs to get his wife pregnant – that seems to be an ideal way to get some Sunday headlines.

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    It’s a local by-election, high votes for an independent candidate, clearly not a verdict on anything

    You’re right it’s a verdict on nothing at all.

    That much of a non-event that an article headlines the Guardian website quoting their strategy chief the day after -that Labour are losing touch with their voters.

    More an inability to communicate his passion and conviction

    Because there is nothing to communicate.

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    high votes for an independent candidate

    A little bit of investigation reveals that the “independent” candidate was actually the Labour councillor who forced the by-election after resigning over a dispute concerning planning.

    She took most of the votes which would have normally gone to Labour and allowed the Tories to win the seat.

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    She took most of the votes which would have normally gone to Labour and allowed the Tories to win the seat.

    way to go team Labour

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    More an inability to communicate his passion and conviction

    Not really sure what his conviction is and when he tries to be passionate it just looks like he is acting and doesn’t really mean it.
    It is clear that he is not the person for the job. Don’t know if he realises that/wants to admit it and guess he is surrounded by people who don’t want to tell him he is not doing well.

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    “The message was that many people do not know what we represent. They think we have given them too much policy rather than telling them in simple terms how we’d improve their lives.”

    Too much policy? Really?!

    But it’s ok, because we can still just blame Corbyn anyway.

    Some in Starmer’s team believe the party is still suffering damage from the Corbyn era

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    …guess he is surrounded by people who don’t want to tell him he is not doing well.

    And yet Jeremy Corbyn didn’t seem to have that problem.

    I’m surprised that Starmer needs to be told btw, I would have thought he could use his much talked about forensic skills to figure out that Labour isn’t doing well under his leadership.

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    Former pollster Deborah Mattinson, who has been appointed director of strategy in a shake-up of the leader’s inner circle, briefed Starmer, shadow ministers and MPs on sobering internal polling and findings from focus groups days before the summer recess.

    This what I don’t understand, why do politicians in a major political party not know what to say, do, and believe in?

    There was a time when politicians were driven by personal beliefs, not by a strategy layed before them by a hired expert.

    It really is a damning indictment of just how disconnected from voters politicians and political parties have become.

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    This what I don’t understand

    Pointing out the obvious… “voters” across the UK and across society are not one amorphous blob and no individual politician can be in “contact” with everyone. Strategy, especially communication strategy, can’t just come “from within” if it is to work. You can easily just end up speaking to those who think and feel as you do. Labour have got it completely wrong for a good while now, and of course it is always harder for them than the Tories, especially when in opposition… but to get it right will require a team of professionals, not just a leader who can speak from the heart on a soapbox in their constituency. This is the 21st century, and the vote leave team in government are so far ahead of Labour when it comes to modern communication and campaign strategy it’s embarrassing.

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    This what I don’t understand, why do politicians in a major political party not know what to say, do, and believe in?

    There was a time when politicians were driven by personal beliefs, not by a strategy layed before them by a hired expert.

    It really is a damning indictment of just how disconnected from voters politicians and political parties have become.

    Especially since Boris has done so well to get elected just by governing guided only by his convictions & sincerely held beliefs.

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    This is the 21st century

    So how the did politicians manage in the last century?

    You make it sound as if it is cause for celebration that today politicians and political parties need strategists and pollsters to tell them what to say and do and what to believe in.

    Voters have quite rightly developed a cynical attitude towards politicians and political parties in recent times. They see them as self-serving opportunists who say and do whatever they need to to get elected. They see them as liars who don’t believe anything they say.

    Last century someone once said “These are my principles. If you don’t like them I have others.” It was clearly intended as a joke. Today some people seem to think that far from being a joke it should form the basis for an electoral strategy.

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    You make it sound as if it is cause for celebration

    Absolutely not.

    I find it very dispiriting.

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    So how the did politicians manage in the last century?

    You make it sound as if it is cause for celebration that today politicians and political parties need strategists and pollsters to tell them what to say and do and what to believe in.

    Well given that the Tory’s won a massive majority on the back of a manifesto that essentially consisted of 3 words, what would you suggest the labour party does to counter that.

    Chucking out a policy every 30 seconds didn’t go so well last time, did it?

    What you refer to as ‘the last century’ may as well be the last ice age as far as communications are concerned

    Say what you like about Dominic Cummings and those around him, they were ruthlessly effective at distilling things down into punchy emotive phrases and slogans which impact with voters and using whatever means possible to dissemble those messages.

    In response, Labour has consistently been absolutely woeful at it. The last person in the party who was any good at it was Alastair Campbell (boooooooo hiss… IRAQ!!!). They just don’t seem to get it at all. This is the new world of social media, which the Tory’s have been extremely good at exploiting, utilising the every lax regulation and oversight to the full, in some extremely dubious (and in some cases illegal) manners.

    Labour still appears to be stuck in a world where people buy a newspaper every morning and start their day listening to the Today programme on Radio 4

    It doesn’t matter who the leader is, or what their policies and principles are if the messaging is so consistently poor.

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    The last person in the party who was any good at it was Alastair Campbell (boooooooo hiss… IRAQ!!!). They just don’t seem to get it at all. This is the new world of social media…..

    Alastair Campbell isn’t noted for his use of social media. 1997 was in the last century, which according to you is comparable to “the last ice age” when it comes to communications.

    The Tories aren’t particularly good at utilising social media as you seem to be suggesting. And it is widely accepted that despite a hostile media environment Labour did unexpectedly well among young voters in 2017 due to their skilful use of social media.

    Having said all that none of it has anything whatsoever to do with my comment which you quoted :

    So how the did politicians manage in the last century?

    You make it sound as if it is cause for celebration that today politicians and political parties need strategists and pollsters to tell them what to say and do and what to believe in.

    Why quote that and then talk about something completely unrelated?

    It doesn’t matter how you get your message across, use smoke signals for all I **** care. Just make certain it is something which you actually believe in, not something that some hired expert has told you to say and believe.

    Voters have the right to expect that. And if you don’t know what you believe in then you should really be thinking of changing your career, not finding new ways to fool people.

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    Alastair Campbell isn’t noted for his use of social media. 1997 was in the last century, which according to you is comparable to “the last ice age” when it comes to communications.

    Th medium used is neither here nor there. He understood the importance of effective communications and was bloody good at getting the message across using the tools available to him at the time. Just as Dom and co are today, and the Labour party isn’t.

    The Tories aren’t particularly good at utilising social media as you seem to be suggesting.

    Wha? The Vote leave lot are the absolute masters at it! Watch the Cambridge Analytica documentary to see how they micro-targeted specific messaging to specific audiences utilising data-mining

    And it is widely accepted that despite a hostile media environment Labour did unexpectedly well among young voters in 2017 due to their skilful use of social media.

    Widely accepted? Rubbish! Accepted by who? The Canary? That was labours problem. They convinced themselves that they were good at social media, despite the fact that all they ever managed to do was energise an echo chamber just enough to still lose an election, just not as badly as everyone expected.

    Just to reiterate, as its something the left is still struggling to accept – no arguments were won by Jeremy Corbyn. Quite the opposite. And the labour party managing to communicate with some sixth formers via Twitter does not represent the ‘skilful use of social media’, so it needs to get rid of that myth pretty sharpish too

    Bearing in mind that their opponent was equally as clueless as to the use of modern communications as they were, Labour was crap at anything except preaching to the converted and still is. The Tory’s under May were just as crap, thats all.

    That changed completely when the Vote Leave comms team were all taken on, en masse, to transform the parties messaging. Labour still just don’t seem to get it at all. I think a lot of them think they are ‘above’ all this type of thing, which is why the Tories are pummelling Labour on the messaging front. They don’t consider themselves ‘above’ anything. They’ll use all means available to win elections, without bothering themselves with the ethical niceties, or stopping to tell each other how good at this they are

    And if you don’t know what you believe in then you should really be thinking of changing your career, not finding new ways to fool people.

    Best not tell this guy then…

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    Leaving aside all the “honest amateurs should be able to beat analytical professionals” fun… however good the team employed by Labour is, they still need a front person who can excite people and make them feel engaged. Starmer is not that person. That’s not a left/right issue, he is just lacking that essential competence, and without it Labour can not win an election… he will never be PM.

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    Best not tell this guy then…

    You are so so predictable binners!

    I knew instantly that your retort would be “but it’s what the Tories do”.

    It is your answer to everything, both in strategy and policy. So ideally, according to your logic, the Labour Party needs to elect a leader who is a lying attention-seeking clown who will willingly shaft the British people.

    Although obviously it would be easier to just vote Tory.

    And btw there is nothing new about the importance of getting your message across, it was just as important for politicians in the last century, so I don’t know why you keep banging on about it.

    Voters aren’t saying that they don’t know what Labour stands for because of poor communication, they are saying it because the Labour Party doesn’t know what it stands for. There is no message to communicate.

    Keir Starmer seems to be saying …. “I have no idea what I believe in, but I can assure you that it’s whatever you believe in. Please vote for my party. I want to be Prime Minister”,

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    he will never be PM.

    I don’t disagree with that, but as you’ve pointed out in your previous posts, Labour needs to at least give itself a fighting chance by getting rid of whoever is responsible for their consistently woeful comms, and get people in who can engage with life as it actually lived in 2021, not 1997

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    Don’t forget Labour should apparently use fraudulently collected data to micro target misleading adverts at specific groups on social media.

    Well, Keir Starmer’s Labour already tried the divisive ethnic politics thing in a recent election so I guess they’re on the right track eh binners.

    http://www.timesofindia.com/world/uk/labour-uses-anti-boris-modi-byelection-flyer-to-woo-ethnic-minority-votes-in-uk/amp_articleshow/83938099

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    So ideally, according to your logic, the Labour Party needs to elect a leader who is a lying attention-seeking clown who will willingly shaft the British people.

    I think @binners’ point is that even this lying shitsack of a human, with the help of an overwhelmingly successful election message, got elected. Understanding this should then make it child’s play to get elected; a man with ethics and principles. No?

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    Can we stop with the repeated straw man line that “the government have/has/had a team with a better handle on modern day communication and campaigning” means anything like “Labour need to copy the government” … no one has said the latter.

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    What ethics and principles does Keir Starmer have? Hiding his funding and pretending to be a unity candidate during the leadership campaign.

    People like Boris because he’s a ‘good time’ PM who says funny things and is patriotic and makes people feel ok about blaming foreigners and the loony left for everything. It really is a UK trump situation.

    What is Keir Starmer offering other than saying ‘I’m a bit more competent than him but super-boring and not really into the patriotism thing I apparently have to do, and it turns out I’m not really that principled’.


    @kelvin
    I know your crush on binners is still overwhelming but that’s exactly what he is saying.

    Labour still just don’t seem to get it at all. I think a lot of them think they are ‘above’ all this type of thing, which is why the Tories are pummelling Labour on the messaging front. They don’t consider themselves ‘above’ anything. They’ll use all means available to win elections, without bothering themselves with the ethical niceties, or stopping to tell each other how good at this they are

    What else could he mean by this ^^^^

    And lol at you doing your own straw man while complaining about straw men 🤣

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    It has bugger all to do with poor communication. There is no message to communicate.

    Edit : Well hopefully there will be soon, when someone tells Keir Starmer what to believe in.

    The question is how convincing will the electorate find Starmer’s newfound sincerity.

    Edit 2 : I have no doubt that whatever is eventually decided the message will be that it won’t be significantly different to the Tory’s, Starmer will be advised that otherwise it will be too risky.

    Which of course will render the whole exercise completely pointless. Unless you think a Labour government indistinguishable from a Tory government is a worthwhile exercise.

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    Voters aren’t saying that they don’t know what Labour stands for because of poor communication, they are saying it because the Labour Party doesn’t know what it stands for

    This is the fundamental problem. A superbly delivered nothing is still nothing.

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    What else could he mean by this ^^^^

    It describes how the Tories act, and what Labour is up against.

    I know your crush on binners is still overwhelming but that’s exactly what he is saying.

    I disagree with Binners often. I’m one of those lefties that only started voting Labour when Corbyn moved their policies “to the left”… and obviously that’s not where he’s coming from. I just don’t want to join in with the circle jerk, or love triangle, or whatever you want to describe how these threads descend into a spiral of a few strident left wingers against the world (or more often against one or two individuals…. because guess what… the “world” has long since stopped listening).

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