And then a third man arrived. A third prototype, that resembles neither one nor the other to the point of being the opposite of both. As ideologically flexible as Corbyn is intractable, as hard-working, loyal and serious as Johnson is glib, cynical and exuberant.
The new leader of the Labor Party is a 57-year-old lawyer, specialized in human rights. In 1990, he co-founded the law firm Doughty Street Chambers (where Amal Clooney works), known for having brilliantly defended activists against the McDonalds company and fought against the death penalty in African and Caribbean countries. Married to an NHS administrator, he did not enter the political arena until 2015, when he won the London constituency of Holborn and St Pancras. The then leader of the Labour party, Ed Miliband, had entrusted him with "this unlosable constituency," says Denis MacShane, former Labour Minister, "a sort of Parisian Left Bank district where the top Labour lawyers, journalists and teachers live and dine". Obviously, Miliband never imagined for a second that this favor would lead Starmer to take over the party, and even less that he would himself become one of the ministers of his shadow cabinet five years later.