Can Keir Starmer Persuade Britain to Dump Its Wartime Prime Minister Like Churchill?

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

In 1945, Brits unceremoniously tossed Winston Churchill aside. Now Labours new leader, Keir Starmer, has to convince virus-hit Britain he can repeat history.

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Seven and a half decades on, Churchills proudest fanboy is prime minister and finds himself in his heros shoesleading the country through a crisis so terrifying and so all-consuming its only real comparison is that war. Who knows what fresh hell the next months will bring, but right now Boris Johnsons popularity is surging as he drags Britain through the coronavirus pandemic after having already delivered on his promise to Get Brexit Done. Johnson has been handed the kind of historic crisis hes spent his lifetime studying but, fancying himself as something of a Churchill scholar, hell know that steering a nation through its darkest hour comes with no guarantee of gratitude when voters return to the ballot box.

If Starmer is to make history repeat itself and do an Attlee, its now his job to spend the next four and a bit years proving to Britain that, when it finally wakes up from this nightmare, hes the right man to help it heal and move on.

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