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Ferrari makes Dodds squirm over Starmer’s ‘wishy-washy’ leadership – ‘It’s going nowhere!’
February 6, 2021
Labour ‘going nowhere’ says Nick Ferrari in clash with Dodds
Nick Ferrari chastised Labour as “going nowhere” during a heated interview with shadow chancellor Anneleise Dodds. The LBC host pointed out that the Labour Party’s own research showed that Sir Keir Starmer was “not up to the job”. This comes after a leaked party report into its appeal found that Labour voters singled out Sir Keir’s indecisiveness on key issues.
Labour’s head of research claimed voters were confused about “what we stand for, and what our purpose is, but also who we represent”.
The leaked report in the Guardian earlier this week also urged Labour to “make use of the flag, veterans and dressing smartly” as part of a rebranding to win back “red wall” voters who switched to Conservatives in 2019.
The strategy document recommends that the party should deploy patriotic themes to give voters a “sense of authentic values alignment”.
A withering op-ed in the New Statesman this week questioned whether Sir Keir was still “up to the job” as Labour leader.
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Nick Ferrari put the question to Ms Dodds: “A leak in the Guardian earlier this week found that people find Boris Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson from Eton more relatable than Keir Starmer
“Keir Starmer had to backtrack on Wednesday when he accused Boris Johnson of lying and now the New Statesmen has questioned whether Keir Starmer is up to the job.
“Is Sir Keir Starmer up to the job of PM – and why is he not relatable?”
The shadow chancellor responded: “I’ve seen how relatable Keir is and people can see Keir’s vision very clearly.”
Mr Ferrari fired back: “Not according to your own research, Anneliese!
“And that is from the Labour Party. What on earth has gone wrong?”
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Ms Dodds said: “I think a lot of this is about the fact we are in a national crisis, that quite rightly the Prime Minister has been in the media more often.
“I think as people see more of Keir, they will see what I see in him, that he is honest and upfront.”
The LBC host responded: “I’m not disputing his honesty, please. I’m questioning his relatability.
“You have had the Conservatives who have been in power for so long, they have presided over austerity measures, they didn’t have a great start in the war against Covid, and they are still ahead of Labour.
“Your party is going nowhere, it is wishy-washy as this survey said in January.”
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Ms Dodds squirmed in response, saying: “I don’t believe it is wishy-washy but we can always do better.
“How my political party is doing in the worst crisis in 300 years quite frankly is not at the top of my agenda, nor is it at the top of Kier. We are focused on getting our country out of this crisis.”
Viewers to the interview criticised Sir Keir as “dithering” and pointed out that “he sat on the fence during the three years of Brexit stagnation”.
Another viewer added: “Labour can wrap themselves in as many flags as they like but at the end of the day they are still unelectable.
“The thought of Dodds in charge of the economy fills me with absolute dread.”