What Keir Starmer said in his big speech – and what he really meant

Our chief political commentator, John Rentoul, decodes the Labour leader’s speech on economic policy

Thursday 18 February 2021 16:21
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<p>Keir Starmer sets off to make his big speech on the economy</p>

Keir Starmer sets off to make his big speech on the economy

What Keir Starmer said: When I went to one of our brilliant vaccine centres a few weeks ago I saw something extraordinary. People arriving – by the dozen – with anxiety etched across their faces.

What he really meant: They looked like me: permanently worried. This does not reassure the voters, who want a big smiley Blair or a can-do Boris Johnson.

What he said: But as our brilliant NHS vaccinated them, I saw their anxiety drain away. And they left with smiles – broad smiles – on their faces. It’s that spirit of hope and optimism that I want to start with today.

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