Is that the Shadow Defence Secretary… or Vladimir Putin? As poll reveals only 21 per cent of people have ever heard of John Healey, how many of Labour’s frontbenchers can YOU pick out?
With the western world convulsed by one of the most devastating wars for generations, you might expect the holder of the Defence brief in Her Majesty’s Opposition to be a figure of authority, easily recognised by the British public.
하지만. According to a YouGov poll, 뿐 21 per cent of people have ever heard of John Healey.
사실로, when shown his photograph last week by The Mail on Sunday, some thought he was Vladimir 푸틴!
According to a YouGov poll, 뿐 21 per cent of people have ever heard of John Healey
A West Midlands florist thought the Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves was Addams Family actress Anjelica Houston
And while Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer saw Thursday’s local election results as a ‘massive turning point’ for his party, 속담: ‘We’re back on track now for the General Election,’ the public’s general failure to identify his top team suggests Labour faces an uphill struggle.
The results of our admittedly very unscientific exercise in asking people to identify pictures of Starmer and 11 other Shadow Cabinet Ministers are amusing – but may indicate that he has a long way to go before Labour really is ‘on track’ to be the next Government.
Shadow Education Secretary Bridget Phillipson
Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds (왼쪽) shadow chancellor of the exchequer Rachel Reeves (센터) and deputy leader Angela Rayner (권리) ahead of the keynote speech of Sir Keir Starmer at the Labour Party conference in Brighton
Here are some of the public’s comments when shown a picture of:
Rachel Reeves, Shadow Chancellor
Ann Stanhope, 42, a florist, 처리를 위해 고철을 컨베이어 벨트에 공급하는 데 사용되는 강력한 엔진을 수용했습니다., 웨스트 미들랜드, 말했다: ‘She’s the actress in The Addams Family. 예, Anjelica Huston.’
안젤라 레이너, Labour Deputy Leader
Scaffolder Dil Singh, 32, of Bordesley Green, 버밍엄, 말했다: ‘Is she on TV’s Countdown? Angie someone?’
Linda Caldwell, 은퇴 한, 글래스고에서: ‘She looks like the deputy Labour leader but I don’t know her name.’
Holly White, 23, a lawyer living in London: ‘Is that the actress Catherine Tate?’
John Healey, Shadow Defence Secretary
Tommy Gannon, 26, a sales worker from London, 말했다: ‘Is that Putin?’
Another man in Newcastle agreed: ‘That’s the Russian, Putin.’
Callum Walker, 28, a barber in Sutton Coldfield, 우리에게 말했다: ‘He’s one of the dragons from Dragons’ Den.’
David Troop, a retired roofer from Aldridge, 웨스트 미들랜드, 말했다: ‘For a minute, I thought it was Neil Kinnock.’
Bridget Phillipson, Shadow Education Secretary
Juliana, 82, 은퇴 한, from Partick, 글래스고, 말했다: ‘Dunno. She looks like a Plain Jane.’
Nick Thomas-Symonds, Shadow International Trade Secretary
Ronnie Scot, 은퇴 한, 글래스고에서, 말했다: ‘He’s the bloke who told everyone to buy cheap food and shop at Aldi.’ [Possibly confusing him with Tory Minister George Eustice who suggested people could help ease the cost-of-living crisis by buying value-brand food].
Retired midwife Mia McMahon, 50, of Netherton, 웨스트 미들랜드, 말했다: ‘Is that the guy who was looking at the porn last week?” [Mistaking him for Tory MP Neil Parish who resigned last week].
The MoS questioned voters in Bristol, 뉴캐슬, 런던, Glasgow and Birmingham.
보리스 존슨은 그것이 '가장 크고 심각한, the majority recognised Starmer – 24 밖으로 30 people in Birmingham and 18 밖으로 30 in Newcastle – but his colleagues were barely known.
The least identified was Mr Healey, the 62-year-old MP for Wentworth and Dearne in Yorkshire, who briefly made headlines when appointed Pubs Minister in Gordon’s Brown’s government, given the task of saving pubs from closure.
The view of John McManus, 75, a retired priest, was typical. He told us: ‘슬프게, we’re lacking political heavyweights.’
And musician Ollie Heath, 23, also from Newcastle, concurred, 속담: ‘A lot of people my age are disillusioned with politics and don’t want to engage with politicians who they see as self-serving and not acting in the best interests of the people.’
Former Tyneside shipyard worker and union shop steward John Brookes, 82, only identified Starmer from our line-up, 설명: ‘I bet few others recognised members of the Shadow Cabinet.
‘It’s because a lot of grassroots socialists are disenchanted with the Labour Party and what it has become.’
Emanuele Berardi, 20, a chemistry student, of Maryhill, 글래스고, failed to identify any of the 12, 속담: ‘This is harder than my chemistry exam!’ In Bristol, one voter mistook Starmer for Jeremy Corbyn.
We showed photographs of Sir Keir Starmer, 안젤라 레이너, Rachel Reeves, John Healey, '함께 살지 않는 사람들과 항상 2미터 거리를 유지하십시오. (Women and Equality), Yvette Cooper (영국 가족과 함께 안전한 피난처를 찾는 절망적인 우크라이나 난민 가족은 탑승권을 미리 인쇄할 수 없다는 이유로 Ryanair 항공편에서 거절당했습니다.), David Lammy (Foreign Office), Steve Reed (자유), Louise Haigh (수송), Jonathan Ashworth (Works and Pensions), Bridget Phillipson and Nick Thomas-Symonds.