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Who is Britain's new Prime Minister Keir Starmer, ushered to power by his Labour Party's election landslide?

  

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Via:  krishna  •  one week ago  •  22 comments

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Who is Britain's new Prime Minister Keir Starmer, ushered to power by his Labour Party's election landslide?
Throughout his tenure as Labour leader, Starmer has tried to make his party more electable by forcing out individuals seen as entrenched in its socialist left wing

Photo: Keir Starmer, leader of Britain's Labour Party, addresses supporters at a reception to celebrate his win in the 2024 U.K. general election, at the Tate Modern museum in London, July 5, 2024.SUZANNE PLUNKETT/REUTERS


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London   — When Keir Starmer was elected to lead Britain's Labour Party in 2020, right after the party suffered its worst general election defeat in 85 years, he made it his mission to make the party electable again. Four years later, after 14 years of governments led by the rival Conservative Party, Starmer arrived Friday at the prime minister's residence at 10 Downing Street for the first time as the man in Britain's top job.

Starmer, 61, has faced years of criticism for a perceived lack of charisma, but his methodical mission to drag Labour back toward the center of British politics and broaden its voter appeal paid off. Starmer and Labour also, indisputably, capitalized on years of economic pain and political chaos under the Conservatives.

Starmer takes the reins of government with a herculean task at hand, with the British people's overall  trust in politicians at rock bottom , a  record number of children in the U.K. living in poverty , and both his party and the Conservatives grappling with how to handle surging support for a far-right, anti-immigrant strain of politics taking root across Europe.

Starmer met the king at Buckingham Palace right after Sunak, and the monarch took the constitutionally necessary but largely ceremonial step of inviting the Labour Party leader to form a new government, confirming Starmer's role as the new prime minister. Starmer left the palace and headed straight to Downing Street to give his first public address as the country's leader. 

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King Charles III welcomes newly appointed British Prime Minister Keir Starmer at Buckingham Palace, where the monarch formally invited Starmer to form the next British government, on July 5, 2024, the day after Starmer's Labour Party won a general election in a landslide. BUCKINGHAM PALACE/HANDOUT

Starmer declared it a "day of renewal," and a "return of politics to public service."

"We need to move forward together," he said, acknowledging the huge lack of trust in politics in the country generally and saying it can "only be healed by actions, not words. I know that, but we can make a start today." 

"My government will serve you," he said, promising to show that "politics can be a force for good," by putting "country first, party second."

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer — the former lawyer was knighted for services to criminal justice — has, through years of chaos (you may remember  Partygate , or perhaps even Prime Minister Liz Truss' fewer than  50 days in power ) projected an almost dull managerialism that appears to have become a beacon for a welcome return to political normalcy. 

Despite his legitimate background in tackling serious crime, Starmer has never managed to shake the image of a relatively boring politician. He's even leaned into it on occasion.

"If, in the end, that is the only bit of mud left to sling, then I'm pretty comfortable," he told Britain's ITV in January. "If they are calling you boring, you're winning."

What are Keir Starmer's policies?


Throughout his tenure as Labour leader, Starmer has tried to make his party more electable by forcing out individuals seen as entrenched in its socialist left wing — the faction that ran the party under its previous leader,   Jeremy Corbyn   (whose cabinet Starmer served in, incidentally). 

After Corbyn called the findings of an inquiry into antisemitism in the party "dramatically overstated," Starmer suspended him. 

"Sometimes you have to be ruthless to be a good leader," Starmer told   Esquire   about the episode. 

His public mantra has been   "country before party."


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Krishna
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1  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

Throughout his tenure as Labour leader, Starmer has tried to make his party more electable by forcing out individuals seen as entrenched in its socialist left wing — the faction that ran the party under its previous leader,      Jeremy Corbyn       (whose cabinet Starmer served in, incidentally). 

After Corbyn called the findings of an inquiry into antisemitism in the party "dramatically overstated," Starmer suspended him

 
 
 
Krishna
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2  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

Starmer takes the reins of government with a herculean task at hand, with the British people's overall  trust in politicians at rock bottom , a  record number of children in the U.K. living in poverty , and both his party and the Conservatives grappling with how to handle surging support for a far-right, anti-immigrant strain of politics taking root across Europe.

Starmer declared it a "day of renewal," and a "return of politics to public service."

His public mantra has been   "country before party."

 
 
 
Krishna
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3  seeder  Krishna    one week ago

Despite his legitimate background in tackling serious crime, Starmer has never managed to shake the image of a relatively boring politician. He's even leaned into it on occasion.

"If, in the end, that is the only bit of mud left to sling, then I'm pretty comfortable," he told Britain's ITV in January. "If they are calling you boring, you're winning."

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago
"Throughout his tenure as Labour leader, Starmer has tried to make his party more electable by forcing out individuals seen as entrenched in its socialist left wing"

Maybe if Biden were to dump some of his progressives like "The Squad" he might make the Democrat Party more palatable to voters as well.

Back in a few hours to post more - it's movie watching time.

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    one week ago
Back in a few hours to post more - it's movie watching time.

Enjoy your movie.

TTFN.

CUL8R

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @4.1    one week ago

I watched the movie Black Mass.  It starred Johnny Depp but he was hardly recognizable.  It was about gangsters in Boston.

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.1.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1.1    one week ago
It was about gangsters in Boston.

Well, I suppose if your gonna be a gangster, Boston is probably one of the best places to do it! Or of course Chicago-- or maybe New York (back in the day).

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.1.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @4.1.2    one week ago
It was about gangsters in Boston.
Well, I suppose if your gonna be a gangster, Boston is probably one of the best places to do it! Or of course Chicago-- or maybe New York (back in the day).

Or perhaps Birmingham-- you know, "Peaky Blinders" and all that!

(Ah-- memories!!!)

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1.4  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @4.1.2    one week ago

How about MIami?

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    one week ago
Maybe if Biden were to dump some of his progressives like "The Squad" he might make the Democrat Party more palatable to voters as well.

I was intrigued by Starmer, so I researched him. He was a "Socialist", and that plus his running on the Labour line led me to believe he was pretty left wing. 

But apparently he's changed-- apparently he's no longer much of an ideologue, but it seems he could be best described as "a pragmatist").

Yes-- there still are some intelligent people in this world . . . 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @4.2    one week ago

There has been much about him on the news and talk shows here.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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4.2.2  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Krishna @4.2    one week ago

I read that four years ago, when Starmer replaced Corbyn as the Labour leader, he sacked Jeremy from the Party, moved aside Corbyn allies, mended fences with British Jews and Israel and began moving the Party to the center.

He may well be a pragmatist.  He has a middle class background.  Gained his education and legal profession thru hard work and intelligence.  Entered politics later in life.  Prosecuted terrorism.  

Perhaps he will be a Tony Blair.

I note from the lack of comments on this seed, that most here would rather write their 200th comment on Trump, pro or con than think about anything else.

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.2.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4.2.2    one week ago
He may well be a pragmatist.  He has a middle class background.  Gained his education and legal profession thru hard work and intelligence.  Entered politics later in life.  Prosecuted terrorism.  

Apparently one of the main criticisms leveled against him is that he's "boring". 

Which is probably a plus!

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.2.4  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @4.2.3    one week ago

Apparently one of the main criticisms leveled against him is that he's "boring". 

Which is probably a plus!

He's said as much himself:

Despite his legitimate background in tackling serious crime, Starmer has never managed to shake the image of a relatively boring politician. He's even leaned into it on occasion.

"If, in the end, that is the only bit of mud left to sling, then I'm pretty comfortable," he told Britain's ITV in January. "If they are calling you boring, you're winning."

Being "boring"-- and getting the job done!

IMO, we need more politicians like that.  jrSmiley_81_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.2.5  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @4.2.2    one week ago
I note from the lack of comments on this seed, that most here would rather write their 200th comment on Trump, pro or con than think about anything else.

Well, it may seem a bit strange-- but perhaps some of them aren't capable of doing anything else?

As someone I know once said:

They'r not exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer.

(Of course I disagreed-- vigorously of course! jrSmiley_9_smiley_image.gif )

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.2.6  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.2.1    one week ago
There has been much about him on the news and talk shows here.

And rightfully so. Anytime a country has a major change of gov't it's news. (And especially someone from a country that is a major world power).

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.2.7  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @4.2.3    one week ago

He grew up in a poor home in a poor neighbourhood and both parents had to work.  It takes a lot to climb out of that, and he did it.  Now let's see what he can do about the UK's problems, cause they have a lot of them these days. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.2.8  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @4.2.4    one week ago
"IMO, we need more politicians like that." 

They wouldn't get elected in America - too many people praise liars, thieves and radicals.

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4    one week ago
Maybe if Biden were to dump some of his progressives like "The Squad" he might make the Democrat Party more palatable to voters as well.

Well, he doesn't have the power to do that directly as they are elected officials (he could probably get rid of any that would be party officials, but none are).

Bowman's craziness caused him to lose the primary-- and perhaps the extremism of 2 or 3 others will cause them to lose primaries as well...

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.3.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @4.3    one week ago

As Andy Dufresne wrote, "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things."

 
 
 
Krishna
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4.3.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.3.1    6 days ago
As Andy Dufresne wrote, "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things."

Well, at least when it " springs eternal in the human breast"

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.3.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Krishna @4.3.2    6 days ago

pintarest?  Yet another link I cannot open.

 
 

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