Men who want power make it simple. They make their messages short.
Lenin was serious about power and he offered the masses PEACE, LAND, AND BREAD. He won enough support to establish a state that lasted three-quarters of a century, though without delivering on all the promises.
Boris Johnson was serious about wanting to be Prime Minister. He fulfilled his ambition with the promise “Get Brexit Done”. A simple slogan for simple minds. He will go down in history for fulfilling that promise.
Who, one hundred years from now, will have heard of Michael Foot, Neil Kinnock or Ed Milliband?
It is reported that Sir Keir Starmer is publishing a 14,000 word Mission Statement for Labour Party members on the eve of the Party Conference. Apparently the Prime Minister-in-Waiting believes –
1. Labour Party Members have no idea what the party was founded for.
2. They have the time and the zeal to read 14,000 of the Leader’s thoughts and have not got lives of their own.
3. They can be inspired to knock on their neighbours’ doors and relay Starmer’s thoughts to them.
I think the Gentle Knight’s leadership will end in tears, if not in sweat and blood..
He has shamelessly employed tears, over a pet dog, on an Oprah style weep-in on TV.
He’ll be lucky if he doesn’t end up like other Knights of the Bath, such as ex-socialist Benito Mussolini, who had a socialist MP tortured and murdered, before being dubbed a Knight by George V in 1923, and the Communist, Ceaucescu, knighted by Elizabeth II in 1978.
Perhaps never getting to the top of the greasy pole might spare Sir Keir a very Hot Bath Night?