If you’re expecting surprises from Labour,
well – don’t.

It doesn’t look like there will be any. This
will be a manifesto seeking to reassure, rather than reveal.

To pull together, the party hopes, the “missions” for government Starmer has been fleshing out for the last
18 months centred on the economy, education, crime, health and energy.

Labour insist they amount to the foundations
for what it calls a “decade of national renewal”.

The Conservatives, who’ve announced a blitz of
new policies in the last few weeks, claim Labour’s plans are empty.

As the Tories seek to draw a dividing line
with Labour on tax cuts, Starmer will counter that he rejects the instinct to
tax and spend, instead growing the economy is his central objective.

Delivering that, though, could well prove
rather more tricky.

The manifesto is around 23,000 words long,
we’re told – that’s shorter than their doomed offering in 2019.

And if you’re not sure what Starmer looks
like when you start reading it, you will by the end – there are 34 pictures of
him within it.