Keir Starmer struggling to ditch ‘robot image’ to match Boris Johnson’s big personality

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Political commentator Angela Epstein reflected on Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and his issues with his image. She discussed how Sir Keir’s image could change after being on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories show. While speaking to Luke Jones on TimesRadio, she insisted the Labour leader was likeable but at times, things came across as tactical and forced.

She added, the Labour leader was struggling to shake his robot image in comparison to Boris Johnson’s large personality which he displays regularly.

Mr Jones said: “We might not like it as we would like everything to be done on policies and manifesto pledges.

“But actually a lot of it is just down to whether you like them or not.”

Ms Epstein agreed and highlighted why Tony Blair was able to make a success of Labour where Sir Keir has struggled.

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She said: “On that level, yes.

“Why did Tony Blair enjoy such a historic sweep to victory and so much office?

“Because people enjoyed him, the way he spoke, the young family, it spoke to us and people loved it.

“But Keir Starmer, he is a human being and real person, but the issue has been that he has got this robot image.

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“That needs to be dispelled but equally we need a very effective opposition who tell us what they stand for.”

The commentator also reflected on what Sir Keir’s time on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories show will do for his image.

She said: “He is very likeable when you look at him on a personal level, this was a personality test.

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“I am not sure I particularly enjoy this whole thing about let me tell you about how I got trashed with George Clooney stuff.

“It feels a bit tactical and forced.

“When you are a big personality and have an engaging personality it comes across.

“Love or hate Boris Johnson, whatever your views are on it, he doesn’t need to do a personality show to show us who he is.”

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