Of course, but I meant what people think they stand for.
"Prosperity" or "freedom" or "law and order" or somesuch horseshit, I suppose.
Has Keir Starmer had a good year? Ask activists and the one in three Labour loyalists losing enthusiasm for him, and the answer would be a rather disgruntled "no". According to them, Starmer has done very little to hold the government to account during the coronavirus crisis. But ask the voters...www.newstatesman.com
The above might be a bit of choker for DIssensus. Doesn't mention the upcoming byelection which is going to be interesting. I just had a quick look at the odds, not much in it (in my v cursory check). 4/6 - Lab, 11/10 Tory.
That said, among voters in the northern and Welsh seats Labour lost to the Conservatives in 2019, perceptions are poorer than anything Team Starmer should be comfortable with.
Of voters in those key seats, 55 per cent agree that Labour has played party politics during the pandemic. Just under half agree with the sentiment Starmer is not strong enough, and 55 per cent believe “it is unclear what Keir Starmer stands for”.
A majority of voters in seats gained by the Tories are unsure what Keir Starmer stands for
On perceptions of handling the economy, Labour still has its work cut out. But where Starmer has succeeded – perhaps the only takeaway for the electorate – is in telling voters he’s not Corbyn, and that he’s not as left-wing as the previous Labour regime.
That may have been valuable in netting some Lib Dem sympathisers, as the polls do show. But in no way is being “not Jeremy Corbyn” enough of a pull to take Labour to power.
Ben Walker is a data journalist at the New Statesman.
I think the main problem is people just don't like Labour and work backward from there.Isnt the main problem that tories have stolen any kind of labour thunder by essentially forming the most socialist government since ww2? Effectively nationalised vast swathes of private enterprise with 80% furlough and run a command economy.