What Keir Starmer said at the Labour Party Conference and what he really meant

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What Keir Starmer said at the Labour Party conference and what he really meant

The Labour leader admires Tony Blair, believes that Conservatives are not bad people, and is fed up with the hard left.

Sir Keir Starmer’s speech was peppered with clues about how Labour has evolved and how it might approach the next election.

Here are a few key phrases that have been decoded:

“Education is so important that I’m tempted to say it three times,” he said.

What he meant was that he is a huge Tony Blair fan, but he isn’t allowed to admit it.

“Shouting slogans or changing lives?” he said.

What he meant was that I don’t mind if the hard-left mocks me because I’m focused on gaining power, whereas they aren’t.

“I don’t think Boris Johnson is a bad man,” he said.

I believe he is a petty individual.

“I believe he is a showman who has nothing left to show.”

What he was saying was that while I will never be as charismatic as the Prime Minister, I am far more capable.

In contrast to my deputy Angela Rayner, I do not believe that Conservatives or their supporters are bad people.

He said, “We are patriots here in this conference hall.”

We don’t boo when we talk about the fine young men and women who represent all of our countries.

We stand up and applaud.”

What he meant was that patriotism and Labour values of equality and anti-racism are compatible, and we need to make that case in order to reclaim the’red wall.’

“I do see a way forward after Brexit if we invest in our people and our places, if we deploy technology intelligently, and if we build the affordable homes that we so desperately need,” he said.

What he meant was that Labour does not want to re-enter the EU or re-run the Brexit campaign because it recognizes the importance of regaining the support of Leave voters.

“Too often in the history of this party, our dream of a good society has collided with the belief that we cannot run a strong economy,” he said.

“But you can’t have one without the other, and we’re committed to both under my leadership.”

What he meant was that Labour is once again pro-growth and pro-business, and that the party will not make extravagant spending promises or raise taxes on the wealthy.

What Keir Starmer said at the Labour Party conference and what he really meant

Keir Starmer’s Labour conference speech: what he said and what he really meant

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