The fight against rigor is Jeremy Corbyn’s best legacy, and Keir Starmer must walk with him through the coronavirus and beyond.


Sir Keir was the clear favorite to replace Jeremy Corbyn during the frankly offensive long process – and the result was never really in question.

In a time of extraordinary news and constant, hard-to-believe headlines, the fact that Keir Starmer won the Labour leadership competition could hardly be more banal.

With fears that the corona virus could be followed by further cuts, the new Labour leader must do everything possible to continue to protect the struggling communities.

The country and the world is facing the biggest crisis any of us can remember, in the form of the corona virus – hundreds of people die every day in Britain and millions live in fear or are in need because of its effects.

The former head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office could never have imagined the scenario he would find himself in as Her Majesty’s opposition leader when he first put himself forward for this role in early January.

Today he has secured a knock-on mandate to move the party forward – he won in the first round with 56% of the votes of the members.

The position of the opposition leader is a critical one at the moment, but also a delicate one.

The government is facing increasing criticism for its failure to carry out mass virus testing, to provide adequate protective equipment for workers on the NHS front and some aspects of its economic rescue package.

But the public will not want to see a mudslinging and scoring at this time of national emergency, so how this happens will be crucial.

The Labour Party – and its new leader – must continue to hold the government carefully to account, exposing mistakes and encouraging changes of direction where necessary.

This is a scenario that could play to Starmer’s strengths.

The former Shadow Brexite Secretary is not known for energizing a crowd, but he is best at forensically analyzing the policy or carefully building a convincing argument.

He has received much praise for his calculated and often devastating dismantling of many aspects of the government’s brexite plans over the past year, a series of accomplishments that for many distinguished him as a potential next leader.

When Corbyn left, there were many who were desperate to mock his failures – and there were many.

This analytical approach could prove decisive in the weeks and months ahead.

And there are many others who will find it impossible to look beyond what they believe has been a repeated failure of the man at the top over the past five years to address the problem of anti-Semitism in the party.

They cannot look beyond the devastating defeat in the December general election and how the Labour leadership contributed to that outcome.


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