IT'S astonishing how error prone the two leaders of Britain's main political parties are right now.

Regular readers will know I have been critical of the Conservatives handling of this past Covid year.

Leading that party has been Prime Minister Boris Johnson who has gone from crisis to crisis, and those errors have cost lives.

During this period you would think it would be an open goal for Labour leader Keir Starmer and his party to take advantage.

Yet he trails in many polls.

The main reason for that, I would argue, has been a failure to show leadership, holding the government to account, sitting on the fence too many times and not doing what the leader of the opposition should do - oppose government policy.

At the start of the pandemic a year ago, the national interest of supporting emergency legislation carried some weight so was understandable.

But since then with vote after vote, including Brexit, there has been no opposition when it was needed.

At the very least his key task was to unite Labour after the 2019 election defeat, but he appears to have even failed to do that.

And like the Tory leader he too seems to be going from one error to another.

The latest this weekend was visiting and praising a “wonderful example” of a church where a simple search on google would have found its senior pastor has spoken out against same-sex marriage and equality legislation, so was bound to create unnecessary controversy.

All this means, when the party in power often struggles in local and by elections, now anything could happen at May's elections.

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