‘Everyone needs Labor to become more proactive as Tories lose confidence in Boris Johnson’ – Keir Mudie

Keir Mudie says a lot of people are starting to think it’s time Labor got a little bolder, not just with the rail strikes, so everyone can see what the party is really about

Cartoon featuring Boris Johnson on rails and Keir Starmer to the side
Labor must show sound policy, says Keir Mudie

Goodbye neighbors then. I’ve lost touch with it over the past few decades, although I believe Dr. Kennedy was still there when I last checked, and maybe even Toadfish was tapping around.

Hard to say when it really peaked. Maybe when Helen Daniels died, or when Des and Daphne got together, or when Sky Mangel was bitten by a redback. (A few episodes later, Sky’s mother Kerry was killed in a duck hunting accident.)

However. Sad to see it works but we should tag it in the right way – maybe we can use a picture of Kimberley Davies or something.

But soap fans needn’t worry. The 37-year-old Ramsay Street drama is nothing compared to the Downing Street soap opera.

Monday night’s confidence vote was probably the highlight of the action recently. A chance to test the Tory party’s faith in their leader as dramatically as it did when Lou Carpenter’s pub burned down (I’ll stop on Erinsborough now.)

Boris Johnson during his speech in Blackpool this week


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Here, too, Mr. Starmer has some difficulties. There is low-level internal squabbling over how Labor should behave at the moment.

One line of thought is that Mr. Johnson is mortally wounded and that taking him would be a great scalp.

But there is another, gentler view. One staff member told me, “You don’t want to look like you’re hitting someone who’s already been hit. You don’t do that in a fight.”

I thought that’s what you do in a fight, but maybe I’m wrong. There is another view that Johnson is so synonymous with the corruption and excess of the current crowd that if you got rid of him you would detox the brand in one fell swoop.

Maybe you keep him there.

All in all, I always think it’s nice to evict a prime minister.

Always a win.

Keir Starmer speaks after Boris Johnson wins a no-confidence vote

It would be good to see Labor a little more proactive. It worries some people that they are beginning to stylize themselves as what the Tories are not, rather than what they are.

Another thing is that when they show up, Labor ties itself in knots.

The rail strikes will be a real test. I guess the natural inclination of many party members is to support the workers.

But by playing in the middle, they, this infinite number of disgruntled commuters, are trying to walk a very fine line in the middle.

Thing is, you know what happens to people in the middle of the street, as the saying goes. You can’t please everyone like you did when Paul Robinson renovated the Lassiter. (Apollo. Last I swear.)

Because of this, many people are starting to think it’s time Labor got a little bolder, and not just on the rail strikes.

If they don’t want to go after Mr. Johnson, that’s fine, but let’s see what the party is really about.

It is a point in the life of the Labor Party that people would put aside internal grudges if it meant winning an election.

Time to listen to each other, bury the hatchet, and think about what’s next.

With a little understanding of what the song says, you can find the perfect mix.

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