According to London gossip, Keir Starmer, the Labour Party’s new leader, is the real-life prototype of the handsome human rights lawyer who’s the chief love interest in the film Bridget Jones’s Diary. Whatever the truth of that fanciful story, Starmer has made a smooth start wooing British voters.

In his former career, the leader of the UK’s official opposition was indeed a successful defence lawyer in human rights cases, knighted subsequently for serving as director of public prosecutions. Now he’s restoring Labour’s fortunes after a disastrous election and leads Boris Johnson in the polls. On important metrics such as “capable leader”, “sound judgment” and “more honest than most politicians”, he beats the prime minister by a large margin. Labour is also running neck and neck with the governing Conservatives...

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