Planet Normal: 'The country is ready for stability' - Stephen Pound says Starmer is a safe pair of hands

Columnists Allison Pearson and Liam Halligan are joined by the former Labour MP for Ealing North to discuss the prospect of a Labour governm

Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London on Wednesday November 29, 2023.
Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions Credit: House of Commons/UK Parliament/PA Wire/PA

“They used to say that Liz Truss has hidden shallows. I think Keir has got considerable depth, which he’s starting to reveal slightly.”

On the latest Planet Normal podcast, which you can listen to using the audio player above, columnists Liam Halligan and Allison Pearson are joined by Stephen Pound to discuss what a Keir Starmer future government could look like. 

Now a political commentator after leaving the House, Mr Pound shares his insights into Starmer’s leadership style and the challenges he faces.

Drawing historical parallels to leaders like Churchill followed by Atlee, and Thatcher followed by Major, Stephen suggests there is a recurring pattern in British politics where a flamboyant and extroverted leader is succeeded by someone with a more subdued demeanour - and that the country might be ready for stability after the charismatic but tumultuous tenure of Boris Johnson.

“The country is ready for stability and someone who is not incontinent and profligate.”

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