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Enjoy defeat as best you can – POLITICO

“Enjoy the human side of campaigning,” Aitken also urged. “There’s always humor, there’s always humanity, there’s always stories, there’s always a chance to enjoy a pint. And don’t show your own pessimism to your supporters.” When the time comes, “it’s important to lose well and gracefully,” he said.

“Politics is purely, completely unpredictable, and you have to have a personality that can deal with it,” Rifkind added.

And for those who survive the carnage, there is the prospect of remaining in opposition indefinitely. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve was one of 32 new Conservative MPs elected in 1997; “It was weird,” he recalls. “We arrived in the Commons having been elected despite the disaster that had struck the party, bright-eyed and bushy, eager to move on, to find all our colleagues who had previously been there suffering from PTSD. They wandered around the Commons, looking completely broken.

“The location of the whips office changes, everything changes. Additionally, they were looking around at their own benches and more than 150 of their colleagues were missing. It was very traumatic and it took them months to recover. As the opposition, we were completely useless for the first six months,” he said.

Yet while today may offer parallels with the last time Conservative whips had to pack their offices, there are also key differences.

To the Conservatives’ advantage, current Labor leader Keir Starmer is not former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair. “The impact of Blair’s personality should not be underestimated,” Rifkind said. “A leader who was not only seen as competent, but also positively charismatic and exciting. Even the most hard-line Tories in Rifkind’s constituency admitted to being “really impressed” by Blair, saying “he looks like exactly the kind of leader Britain needs right now.”


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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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