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Treading Too Lightly


While Blairism said things could only get better, Starmerism says they can only stay the same. But voters aren’t crying out for a politics that ‘treads lightly’ on their lives — they want a politics that improves them.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer speaks during the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change's Future of Britain Conference in central London. Picture date: Tuesday July 18, 2023. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau/PA Images via Getty Images)

In 2021, standing in front of various pieces of machinery at an aircraft factory in Bristol, Labour leader Keir Starmer rolled up his sleeves and laid out his pitch to the country. Its headline feature: a politics which ‘treads lightly’ on our lives. Before his death in 2011, political scientist Peter Mair identified a democratic […]

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