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Keir Starmer has done reasonably well as Labour leader, says Rod Liddle in The Spectator. He comes across as “decent, honest and boring”, three qualities “which probably commend themselves to voters right now”. His problem, however, is that he has the Labour Party to deal with: a “convocation of young, perpetually outraged, comparatively affluent, white middle-class people” who have little in common with the party’s voter base and the country at large. Starmer recently announced that Labour will kick off its annual conference with a rendition of God Save the King – but the left-wing MP Clive Lewis, for example, thinks it’s “a lie” that the Queen was devoted to duty and service. “It is in that very admission that the hope for the Conservative Party resides.”