Starmer is not in the same league as the bald ginger Euro-Welshman. Neil Kinnock fought and won against Militant Tendency and the hard left in his Party, turning it from an unelectable socialist shambles into the precursor of the election-winning Blairite machine of the 90s. He had intelligence, passion and was a skilled orator; hardly a night watchman. I am a Conservative Party member, and disagree with the vast majority of what Kinnock said over the years, but give the man his due - he was an incisive and effective Party leader who stamped his own authority on his Party.I agree. No way was Magic Grandad fit for PM, and I'm unconvinced that Starmer isn't his generation's Kinnock - the nightwatchman between the loonies, and an electable leader.
It doesn't make Johnson truthful, though - just the least bad option.
Starmer? He's not even a night watchman IMHO; more of a startled and somewhat worried bystander watching something awful unfolding. He's obviously intelligent (you rarely get morons appointed as DPP, and he managed to get himself elected as head of Labour), but he's done little to take control of the Party, and whilst not quite as awful as his predecessor, has been an ineffectual Leader of HM Opposition.