Rebecca Long Bailey inadvertently posed a good question yesterday, when she tweeted:
Rishi Sunak the new Chancellor is a former Goldman Sachs banker who has backed anti trade union regulations; tax cuts for big business; opposing tax avoidance clampdown; cutting tax for wealthiest. The mask is slipping already, this isn’t a different kind of Tory government.
This raises the same question that is being begged by the Labour leadership contest: to what extent does a person’s past behaviour and beliefs predict their future behaviour?
We have countless examples of it not doing so. All of you will have worked with somebody who arrived at your firm with a glittering CV but who turned out to be a dunderhead, and conversely with somebody of no great reputation who turned out to be