Given the high numbers of deaths from Covid-19 in every country in Europe and beyond, how many fatalities in the UK, do you suppose, could have been prevented if a different government under a different leader had been in place? Five thousand? Ten thousand? Fifteen? How low would the total have to have been before you felt able to say that the prime minister and his colleagues were doing us proud?
A newly confident Sir Keir Starmer’s performance has improved and the shadow cabinet is getting better. Some of the party’s policies are still disastrous, but in a landmark speech former leader Tony Blair pointed a possible way forward.