In her speech to the Labor conference yesterday, his shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves portrayed herself as the iron chancellor who would be tough on spending to restore Britain to economic security. Unsmiling and unwavering, Ms Reeves continued Labour’s attempt to reassure the country that the party has changed and is once again being led by sensible, level-headed adults.
But is that enough? Does the nation just want reassurance or also inspiration?
Love him or loathe him, in 2019 Boris Johnson presented a compelling vision of Britain as a place of hope where our local towns – our hometowns where many of us have invested our life savings in bricks and mortar – are not in the final decay and where The boarded up buildings would soon be leveled and welcoming again. It was this hopeful attitude that inspired many in the Red Wall to believe that it was time to make a generational change and vote Conservative.
It later emerged that Mr Johnson was personally unable to lead a government that could deliver on that promise, and one of the most telling parts of Ms Reeves’ speech concerned the setting up of a Covid Corruption Commission to investigate fraudulent grants worth To recover £2.6 billion and contracts awarded during the pandemic.
Many voters in our area made big personal decisions in 2019 and to truly win them back, Mr Starmer needs to add some color to his gray promises of stability. He must give them hope that better times are soon ahead when they feel poorer and their public services are declining.
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