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    This is how the words game is played. “Political language”, wrote Orwell, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” This sums up political pledges: they always end up as verbal illusions. You work out what’s going to happen anyway (the halving of inflation, waiting lists falling), then promise to make it happen. Both of these examples, of course, are not from Starmer but from the five pledges that Rishi Sunak made last year.

    Starmer is now engaged in pledge deflation. Last year, he was promising an economy with the “highest sustained growth in the G7.” Now, he simply says he’ll “grow our economy”: about as low an economic ambition as you can imagine. There was no Blair-style pledge on freezing income tax: no firm pledge on tax at all, in fact. Nor was there anything concrete on defence spending, or any response to Sunak’s recent idea of slowly raising it over the next five years.

    This launch was about mood music, to assure voters that Labour’s aspirations are decent and unscary. To keep the streets safe, keep the bills down and not much more. An ex-Tory voter was paraded, to announce his conversion to a cheering crowd.

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    ICC arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas chiefs will not help – UK Government

    ICC arrest warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas chiefs will not help – UK Government

    Seeking arrest warrants for Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli and Hamas leaders will not help achieve the UK’s aims of a sustainable ceasefire in …

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