In the meantime, the Labor Party’s post-election post-mortem continues, and overnight we got reports or accounts of three interviews given by Angela Rayner, the deputy chef who emerged from the weekend’s botched shuffle with improved work. Being able to give a seemingly very favorable interview to your boss, while still giving harsh criticism, is a skill, but Rayner has pulled it off with great success. Here are some of the things she said about Labor’s performance to date.
Keir did a really good job being a constructive opposition. And he tried to do it. And the challenge we face now is what are we standing for? And what do we offer? And that’s what I heard on the doorstep. It was, “Well okay Keir Starmer is not Jeremy Corbyn the party is on the new leadership what do you stand for? ”
- She said that in the past Labor had used a “condescending” tone with voters. She told ITV:
I spoke of the condescending tone we sometimes have, and I felt it as a working class girl. We don’t want people to do things for us, or tell us what to do, we want accountability to do things for ourselves… I think sometimes we got the wrong tone, yeah.
We need to deliver something that speaks to our constituents after the pandemic, that focuses on jobs and security, and that watches over our region and is proud of it.
We have not been able to say that in these areas we have had austerity and major cuts and that the government has provided piecemeal investments, small pieces here and there, but withdrew them from areas where the needs are the greatest …
What do we mean by improving things? To me these are pay increases, these are rights at work, it ends outsourcing, so our public services are for the public and not for profit, it brings industry and green jobs back to areas that have been hammered. It’s all in a nutshell.
It’s not about speaking fluffy language, it’s about making sure that you have a decent, secure job that pays you well and that you can find housing and take care of your family.
Here is the agenda for the day.
10h: Dominic Raab, Minister of Foreign Affairs, delivers a speech in front of the National Cyber Security Center.
After 12 noon: Boris Johnson makes Commons statement on Covid. There is no PMQ today because Ministerial Question Sessions have not yet started.
After 1:30 p.m .: Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, and Rachel Reeves, the new Shadow Chancellor, speak at the start of the resumed debate on the Queen’s Speech.
3 p.m .: Mark Drakeford is expected to be confirmed as Premier of Wales when the Senedd first meets in Cardiff following last week’s elections.
Politics Live has been a mix of Covid and non-Covid news lately, and it likely will be today. For more information on Covid, read our Global Live Blog.
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