I don't think it's odd at all - but I'm surprised (and slightly flattered) you are surprised I haven't bothered reading a 20-page essay with a magnifying glass . I'm not a card-carrying activist about to vote on motions at the Labour conference - just another left-of-centre supporter (exactly how far left even I'm not sure). I'm well aware the election is years away and know things will change before then and Starmer may not even be leader ..... so I'm content to read the summaries and comments from trusted sources for information. I'm impressed you took the trouble to read the original but seriously doubt I've missed anything substantial or been cunningly deceived by manipulative intermediaries.Well thanks for stepping up Ave_IT. I find your opening comment quite bizarre to be honest. If Labour Party followers won’t read it, it kind of begs the question ‘what is the point?’. This is your Leader’s vision of the future, the strategic direction. The one that I guess you’ll be voting for. That’s odd isn’t it?
By the way I'm not alone in not reading such things - government ministers seem to pride themselves in not bothering to read reports & inquiry findings .... Liz Truss apparently scrawls 'T.L.D.N.R' in big letters across many very important documents that land on her desk meaning - Too Long Did Not Read. Maybe that explains why we have no chance of a trade deal with America any time soon and all her other 'triumphs' have been inferior cut-and-paste jobs from the EU. Her boss is so impressed with such a shameless lack of attention to detail he's just given her a big promotion.
As for Starmer. Yes - I do have a lot of time for him (not enough to read his bleedin' essay though ) - He's undoubtedly very bright, has a firm grasp of details, is committed and decent and is trying to occupy the centre-left ground and pull Labour back away from the macho-Left head-bangers. All big ticks for me. On the downside he is a bit dull and probably has a limited electoral appeal especially in areas that Labour need to regain in the north and Scotland ..... unless people get so sick of Boris & co. that someone a bit dull becomes a real positive.
The thing that disappoints me with him though is that he should be constantly reminding people that Boris and the Tories are Mister Brexit and the Brexit party. In that essay he mentions a "botched Brexit" but only in passing instead of making it a major theme. Polls show that 68% of the public now think that our current 'supply chain' issues are at least in part due to Brexit. Even amongst leave voters most accept Brexit has caused problems. But Labour don't want to punch this large Tory bruise in case it alienates the 'red wall' voters they desperately want to get back. That's B'llox imho. For a start those people are very much a minority and even they would accept that Brexit didn't have to mean the sort of dogmatic break with the EU the Tories have insisted upon and are now having to back track on. But somehow Brexit is like Voldermort - the name that cannot be spoken by Labour politicians.
There is of course Andy Burnham waiting in the wings. He seems to have played the long game to become leader. When Corbyn took over rather than fight him he stepped sideways to make a base in Manchester for himself and always seems to be in the spotlight championing high profile popular causes. He also seems to ever-so-gently (so gently as to be barely noticeable) be critical of Starmer such that a cynic may think he is courting the left's 'anyone-but-Starmer' sentiments. I can forsee Starmer taking on the left in such a big battle that Labour end up uniting around Burnham as the compromise leader before the next election. That might just be the best outcome.