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UK Labour returns to lead the United Kingdom after 14 years of Tory governments.The country voted for change, for renewal, for the return of politics to public service

London 6 luglio 2024 by George Palladium

Rebuilding the country brick by brick".Away with flashes of genius and impulsiveness, but also with overly bold dreams, it is time for "a government of service": Keir Starmer's words echo with a tone of concreteness, at least in intentions, on the day in which Labour returns to lead the United Kingdom after 14 years of Tory governments marked by shocks, global crises and internal lacerations culminating in the gamble of Brexit.
A legacy that the new prime minister cannot - and does not even want to - erase, but which he in fact intends to put behind him.

With a clear break, not ideological, much less revolutionary, but rather marked by an opposing style, language, narrative. The objective behind which the 61-year-old former crown prosecutor who brought Labour back to triumph at the polls - with an avalanche of seats, even if not votes, thanks to the combined effect of the collapse of Rishi Sunak's Conservatives and the bonus effect of the traditional the island's single-member majority system - reveals his ambition to present himself as a prime minister manager. The manager of a reconstruction.

"The country voted for change, for renewal, for the return of politics to public service," he began from the stage of number 10 after the ritual handover with Sunak: sealed by the confirmation of the overwhelming electoral result (with a super majority of 412 seats out of 650 in the House of Commons for Labour, and the historical negative record of 121 MPs for the Tories), by the investiture of the 75-year-old King Charles III as head of state, with the tones of a crossed fair play without any lapses in style between winner and loser.
A transition that for Sunak, the first head of Her Majesty's government of Indian roots, took place once again under a gray, very unsummery sky, with the assumption of blame for the debacle; the recognition of the voters' will for change (and also of their right to be "anger"), a declaration of apology and the legitimation of the opponent.

While for Starmer it had the colors of the party, against the backdrop of the ovations of a crowd of supporters, collaborators and family members, and under the discreet eyes of the new first lady, Victoria. A party that Sir Keir, however, was careful not to ride to evoke horizons of cheap glory. If anything, to promise ordinary work, "day after day", on the priorities of ordinary people: the relaunch of the economy, the defense of "safe borders" to contain illegal immigration, "more safety on the streets", more resources for the national health system (NHS), "respect for the dignity of all", the development of "green energy sources" seen as "an opportunity". Not without a pungent reference to the Tory legacy (and of figures like Boris Johnson) and the need to put an end to the era of "noisy performances" to instead aim for the unity of the social fabric such as that of the "four nations" of the Kingdom, for "calm and patient" action in the face of the current difficult challenges. With a commitment to "work in the service" of the British and their interests only, towards "a change" to be started "immediately". All this is seasoned with the promise to regain "the trust" of the people" and an ecumenical appeal: "With humility and respect, I ask you to unite behind this government of service to renew this great nation", a "courageous" nation in the face of the storms of history and an increasingly "volatile" world.

Words that need to be filled with content, just like those of the statements - reasonable but for now vague - of the legislative programs or those of the first 100 days, so that they appear reassuring not only for the establishment and for activists of proven faith. But which translate at least into an acceleration of the post-electoral recovery: with the debut meeting of the new government already tomorrow; the cutting of the summer break of Parliament to just the month of August after the reopening of the Chambers next week; the sprint introduction of various legislative initiatives. As well as the first international missions (starting with the NATO summit on July 9 in the USA), marked by the alignment with the strategy of firmness in support to Ukraine against Russia, but also by increased pressure on Israel for "an immediate ceasefire" in Gaza.

While the incoming executive team is completed in a few hours. With the promotion of much of the shadow cabinet and important female presences: from Rachel Reeves, 45, the first female Chancellor of the Exchequer in British history, to Angela Rayner, 44, the progressive and popular soul of the team elevated to deputy prime minister with responsibility for public buildings and that social and territorial "rebalancing" that too many areas far from London have been waiting in vain for on the island for decades. Until the confirmation of David Lammy, 51, a London lawyer like Starmer, as head of the Foreign Office; Yvette Cooper, a 55-year-old veteran of the 'government' Labour who remains at the helm of the Interior; and 64-year-old John Healey, a supporter of firmness in sending weapons to Kiev, at Defense.


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