As Stephen writes in his latest political column, a consensus is growing among the commentariat that Keir Starmer is not up to the job. But does this underestimate the gains he’s made outside of the Westminster bubble?
On this episode of the New Statesman Podcast, Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea discuss why this matters for the future of Starmer’s leadership.
Then, in You Ask Us, they take your questions on whether Labour needs to embrace flags, veterans and dressing up smartly.
Ailbhe writes that the debate over lifting lockdown is starting dangerously early, and Boris Johnson cannot afford to relax the rules prematurely for a third time.
Our Scotland editor Chris Deerin asks if the SNP is about to implode.
Ben Walker, from the New Statesman‘s data team, on if the numbers say Gordon Brown can save the Union.
If you’re in the mood for more audio from the New Statesman, listen to World Review, a weekly global affairs podcast from our international editor Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin and our US editor Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC.
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