72 July-August 2024
Starchy
Starmer
By Suzie Mélange
It doesn’t sound much
fun but Surrey-Kent isn’t
Acapulco
PROFILE:
BRITAIN’S BUREAUCRATIC INCOMING PM
Keir Starmer, a bureaucrat who looks at government as a
problem to be solved by missions, pledges and steps which shift
INTERNATIONAL
it’s SIR
K
eir Rodney Starmer was born in
Southwark South London in
1962, named after the first
Labour leader Keir Hardy, a
hero of his toolmaker father
though audiences have started to ridicule
the repeated references.
He grew up in a modest pebble-dash
house on the Surrey-Kent border where
they breed them soft and glottal.
His mother struggled with long-term
Stills disease, a condition that left her
unable to walk for much of her life. She
was in hospital frequently at the end of her
life and had to have limbs amputated —
but always passionately refused private
health care. “It was formative. And
dicult, really dicult, Starmer has said,
vowing he will never use private health
care, nor let his children attend private
school. His brother suered from learning