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Murdoch and Rothermere struggle over how to defeat Starmer

The Sunday Times and the Daily Mail more or less engaged in a stand-up row over the weekend

Keir Starmer has remade his shadow cabinet. Photo: PA

Although both are clearly outraged by Sir Keir Starmer’s pledge to outlaw their non-dom tax status, Rupert Murdoch and Lord Rothermere still can’t agree on a strategy to defeat the Labour leader.

Their newspapers more or less engaged in a stand-up row over the weekend. Rothermere’s Daily Mail is adamant Boris Johnson stands the best chance against Starmer. “His optimism, can-do spirit and patriotism are still well-regarded,” its editorial stated on Saturday, apparently unaware of the local election results.

The next day, Murdoch’s Sunday Times weighed in, saying in its editorial Johnson was no more than “an erratic, unscrupulous chancer,” and more or less dared either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss to mount “a credible challenge” against him. Rothermere shouldn’t count on an invitation to Murdoch’s 92nd birthday party next spring.

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