Boris Johnson warns Tories against underestimating Starmer ahead of elections

Boris Johnson warns Tories against underestimating Starmer ahead of elections (1)
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Former PM Boris Johnson expresses people consider Labour leader ‘as you might look at a dish of limp lettuce’

What strategy does Johnson advise against in elections?

Boris Johnson has advised “fed up” Tories not to attempt handing Sir Keir Starmer the legends to No 10 despite the particular they cannot stand his policies. The former prime minister expressed many voters viewed the Labour leader with the exact enthusiasm “as you might look at a dish of limp lettuce”.

He added there was “still time between now and Thursday for the country to swerve from the cliff edge” if voters “collectively arrive to [their] senses”. Mr Johnson admitted that there was widespread indifference towards the Conservatives but advised people not to turn to Reform in response. Penning in his column for the Daily Mail, he cautioned that Britain was on the brink of “a Left-wing socialist superiority that lasts for a decade or more”.

Is Starmer’s low approval rating a threat to Labour?

“Starmer’s approval ratings are shockingly low – the lower ever for an Opposition leader on the verge of entering Downing Street, let alone of a success on the scale currently predicted,” the former prime minister stated. “The people regard him with apathy, with resignation, as you might look at a dish of limp lettuce. You have to question yourself why. People don’t want him, or his agenda – or certainly not in the way they actively wanted Tony Blair.”

How does Johnson critique Starmer’s policies on migration?

In a symbol of thawing relations with Rishi Sunak, he also commended the Prime Minister’s performance in this week’s BBC argument against Sir Keir. He stated that Mr Sunak had “showed what he can do and on any fair lesson he won” by picking apart Sir Keir’s procedures on illegal migration.  Mr Johnson expressed the Labour leader had no plan to stop the boats and would “junk” the Rwanda scheme just as it is starting to work as a deterrent.

He also cautioned that Sir Keir wants to take Britain back into the EU’s Single Market “like a whipped cur, even if it means free movement”. But the former prime minister expressed that the “biggest single reason why people are rightly considering Starmer with such hesitation” was because of the economy.

Why does Johnson warn against a Left-wing surge?

Mr Johnson cautioned disaffected Tory voters that “the more you drill into Starmerism, the more Left-wing and difficult it turns out to be”. He added: “That is why Starmer is so oddly unloved, for a man on the brink of triumph. It is not just that Starmer lacks Blair’s charm– he lacks the broad appeal of Blair’s policies.

“Let’s encounter it, the only reason Starmer is (allegedly) regarding getting such a landslide is that so many Tory voters are fed up, and training to stay at home or vote for other parties like Reform – even if they turn out to be Putin’s pet wannabes. “It would be a huge error. It is by no means too late to weave the steering wheel in the direction of ordinary sense, avert Starmergeddon, and contain this country from going in completely the wrong direction.”

A YouGov poll earlier this month revealed that Sir Keir has a net minus 12 favourability rating, with 39 per cent of voters regarding him thoroughly and 51 per cent negatively. Mr Sunak is far more undesirable with the electorate, however, on minus 51, with just 21 per cent witnessing him admiringly and 72 per cent considering him unfavourably.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.