Keir Starmer: A More Presentable British Socialist?

Labour Party Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer leaves BBC headquarters in London, England, January 5, 2020. (Simon Dawson/Reuters)
He may be an improvement on Corbyn, but the Labour Party is still far from making a comeback.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast December, the Labour Party suffered its worst defeat since 1935. In the run-up to the election, the party’s manifesto received heavy criticism for being unrealistic, overreaching, and unpersuasive. Former Labour Party leader Tony Blair described it as “promising the earth but from a planet other than Earth.” But what really doomed the party was its leader — Jeremy Corbyn.

Sir Keir Starmer — who succeeded Corbyn on April 4 — certainly seems to be an improvement.

Starmer’s skepticism of Corbyn was evident early on. He did not initially back the former leader and was later part of the effort to oust