‘Make Britain Serious Again’

Rashmee Roshan Lall
1 min readJun 21, 2024
Keir Starmer. Photo by Chris McAndrew, CC BY 3.0

“Make Britain Serious Again”

Who would’ve thought that could be the slogan for the next five years of life in Britain, barring “a flabbergasting reversal” of the political winds of change?

Keir Starmer, that’s who.

The Labour Party leader and Britain’s next prime minister — if the opinion polls ahead of the July 4 general election are to be believed — offered his slogan of prosaic stability and “ordinary hope, realistic hope” to the Financial Times’s deputy political editor Jim Pickard.

Seemingly, he did so without a self-deprecating smile.

Is that very Keir Starmer?

A pretty unsmiling, straight sort of dude?

The interview ( paywall) — conducted by Mr Pickard over two train journeys and a rushed (interrupted) café lunch — suggests that Mr Starmer is really dead serious about wanting Britain to become serious again.

As the piece notes: “Starmer is quite good-humoured but never frivolous. When I ask him who he would push off a cliff — Nigel Farage, Rishi Sunak or Jeremy Corbyn — he sighs. ‘I hate these quick-fire questions, they are a bugbear to me. You can’t reduce everything to yes/no answers’.”

Yes, but…how about saying “none”?

Originally published at https://www.rashmee.com

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Rashmee Roshan Lall

PhD. Journalism by trade & inclination. Writer. My novel 'Pomegranate Peace' is about my year in Afghanistan. I teach journalism at university in London