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A strong opposition* (typo) nt
...and sadly I think there aren't really any "stand out" candidates. I haven't done any in-depth analysis on any of them or sen the debates etc, just a few interviews here and there both recently and in the past.
I thought I would probably be going for Starmer as he impressed me with some of the Brexit stuff and, as you say, almost seems to have the right gravitas and persona for a leader.
I've heard from more than one friend that has had dealings with Thornberry that she wouldn't be competent enough and doesn't have the required leadership qualities.
Nandy has impressed me in the few interviews I've seen, seemed to know what she was talking about and didn't back down or just repeat herself ad nauseum with her "rehearsed party line" but again, I just didn't get the leadership vibe from her. I think her stance on Brexit has gt her a few supporters in the "I usually vote Labour but I voted to Leave so didn't vote Labour this time" people amongst us last night, so might be a more unifying presence in that respect.
With Long-Bailey I think I pretty much agree with what you've said - I don't know much about her but not too keen based on what I do know.
I'm still not 100% decided yet, but it's likely to be Starmer or Nandy for me.
I made the analogy last night that the Tories are probably just as comfortable as Liverpool were when we were looking for a new manager, except that there is no Ancelotti in the running, only Moyes, Pardew, Hughes and a few other that you've never heard of!
The country needs a strong position to keep the government in check, just like the Premier League needs at least a two-horse race or it just becomes ridiculous, and - just like Ancelotti - whoever DOES get in, has a LOT of repair work to do before they can even think about catching up to the Tories
Kenny's ragged bleeding stumps