Don't buy that tmkf. Remember when Labour supporters always used to say 'I'll wait for Survation' when others showed them behind in the polls? Well last night they revealed an 8 point lead for the Tories. Vaccination bounce or not, Labour should be double digits ahead in today's climate and approaching mid-term. Even Corbyn's Labour was being given a 9 or10 point lead in April/May 2019. Let's be honest, they are nowhere near.
To be fair, it is difficult to compare the situation Labour is in now (national crisis, etc) compared to Labour under Corbyn nearly 2 years ago. There are those who will point the finger at Starmer for not being an effective opposition leader who should be milking the predicament the Tories found themselves in over Covid, but he chose not to. Whether that was the right decision or not will be decided down the line, but the position Starmer was in was that, in the face of a national crisis, the public needed leadership and certainty, even if that leadership and certainty was BoJo, and not political parties trying to score points over each other while people died. If Starmer went all guns blazing then it may have torpedoed the Tories in the polls, but more likely it would have strengthened the public standing behind Boris and put Labour in a worse position, so the safe stance is to cautiously back the Government but highlight what they should be doing better. That may - and appears to be so - to give the Tories the edge in the polls, but polls and voters are fickle things as we've come to learn (look at how surprised the Tories were after misreading the polls in the 2017 snap GE), so I suspect Starmer is more than comfortable where he is at the moment.