I’ve been so preoccupied with how things are going in the States that it’s just now registering with me that Sir Keir Starmer is the new leader of Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, I presume, is returning to the backbenches. The American media, for the most part, seems think that, just because Starmer identifies as a socialist, that means that he’s as far to the left as Corbyn. (Most Americans assumes that the Tories are just as conservative as the Republicans and that every member of Labour is somewhere to the left of Bernie Sanders.) Going from Corbyn to Starmer is a huge change.
Starmer, I imagine, will be solid but uninspiring leader. He looks the part and he might bring back a few voters who defected over the Tories, though I’d be surprised if he ever made it into Number 10. He seems destined to be a rebuilding leader, someone who can presumably repair some damage and lay a foundation that will eventually lead to another Labour government. It’s hard to imagine him inspiring the same type of emotions that Corbyn inspired. People either really loved or really hated Jeremy. Sir Keir Starmer, on the other hand, inspires admiration in some but no real passion. He’s the type of leader who you elect when you’re looking for someone to bring some normalcy back to the place. He’s your proof that the inmates are not running the asylum.
The future’s hard to predict, though. Coronavirus can change everything. Right now, Boris Johnson is in the hospital and in intensive care because of COVID-19. I hope he recovers, just as I would hope that Jeremy Corbyn (or Sir Keir Starmer, for that matter) would recover if he was ill. If something does happen to Boris, it’s hard to say who will step into his place or if that person will be able to hold together the coalition that put Boris into power.
In less grim news, I discovered that I can watch 1st and Ten on Amazon Prime. 1st and Ten was one of the first sitcom to ever air on HBO. It was about a fictional football team and it featured O.J. Simpson as T.D. Parker. In OJ: Made in America, there’s a short scene of O.J. recording promos for the new season of 1st and 10 and getting annoyed with his co-star, Marcus Allen. Ever since I saw that clip, I’ve been wanting to watch an episode of 1st and Ten. Last night, I watched an entire season and it was almost indescribably bad. It was, however, interesting to see O.J. play a good guy. It was a reminder of the affable image that Simpson once had.
The lockdown continues but so far, we’re all keeping our spirits high down here. Lisa and I have agreed that we’re not going to worry until we find ourselves with nothing left to watch other than the Police Academy films on Netflix. Once that happens, it’s scary to think about what might follow.