The story begins with Sir John Junor, a man unimpressed by his canteen lady Alice’s egg and chips. Jump to the recent Tory and Labour conferences, and you’ll find more reasons to feel queasy.
First up is Rishi Sunak. He kicks things off with his wife, Akshaka Murty, as a surprise guest. She talks about how her hubby loves cheesy rom-coms while the economy is in trouble.
Next is Sir Keir Starmer, who tells us about his modest upbringing. His dad was a toolmaker, and his mom was a nurse. It’s a bit like the “Four Yorkshiremen” sketch.
Politicians often talk about their humble beginnings, making them seem disconnected from regular people. They might need to find out which end of a shovel to use on a construction site.
In the past, the Commons had working-class heroes who knew about life outside politics. They fought for better housing and health because they’d experienced poverty and tough jobs. But those days are gone.
Today’s politicians prioritize their careers, and getting to Number 10 is all they care about. Labor needs to bring back the vision, passion, and fairness of the old-time working-class heroes to make a real change. Otherwise, even if they win the election, we’ll get more of the same “Tory-Lite” policies for five years.