New book by Oliver Eagleton from Verso.
Review by Richard Seymour
Hailed as a human-rights champion and political outsider, what sort of politician is Keir Starmer really, and what mark is he making on the new politics of Labour?
In The Starmer Project, Oliver Eagleton provides a careful reading of Starmerís record at the Crown Prosecution Service and as a member of Jeremy Corbynís shadow cabinet, tracing the political alliances he forged and the roots of his bid for the party leadership.
Starmer originally pledged to revitalise Corbynism with a dose of lawyerly competence. To understand what happened afterwards it is necessary to understand the man himself. So little remains known about Starmer that his actions are usually interpreted as overtures to others. On closer inspection, however, he is anything but an empty political vessel.