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Johnson thinks he could lose next time. Maybe Labour should take heart

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21.12.2019

Isaac Levido is the kind of pessimist who succeeds in politics. He is the young Australian who ran the Conservative election campaign, and his response to victory was to warn the party that, with Jeremy Corbyn gone and Brexit done, Labour could bounce back quickly.

The Tories have “not won the domestic policy fight”, he told the cabinet, according to James Forsyth, political editor of The Spectator. The two things that won the election for Boris Johnson will be gone within months, was the message, and the party is not ready to deliver the changes that would keep its new voters next time.

The prime minister seems to understand this. He told ministers that people had to see improvement in their local A&E; there needed to be a clear reduction in homelessness; and “voters must know that they and their family have a better chance of owning a home”.

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He presumably also knows that these are hard perceptions to fix in just four years. I say four years because, even if he repeals the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, he won’t want another winter election. So the summer of 2024 is the target date for the next election, and he needs to........

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