1/ Social change, especially deindustrialisation has shattered the working and middle classes as political forces. Now we are left with a fragmented mass, part of which is hoodwinked by the nationalist drivel of the manipulative kleptocratic Tory elite. The rest is us.
2/ The part of the electorate which has not been hoodwinked by Tory Brexit nationalism does not constitute a coherent economic or social grouping. And it seems unlikely that it will let itself be drawn into some kind of bogus flag-waving unity.
3/ With such a disparate electoral base the opposition to Tory English nationalism has to be based not an a fake and unworkable idea of unity, but on the acceptance of difference and on the politics of cooperation and compromise.
4/ A politics of cooperation and compromise is of course exactly what is required for both a Progressive Alliance and Proportional Representation. It is a grown-up alternative to the adversarial tribalism that has plagued British politics. It is the politics of a diverse society.

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29 Apr
1/ YouGov poll- Working Class Voters
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- Labour 29

A short thread discussing reasons for this.

1) Deindustrialisation has disrupted working class communities far more than it has impacted the middle class. Image
2/ Deindustrialisation has largely destroyed the economic structures that underpinned working class communities and their social and political organisations. The sense of being part of a powerful social, trade union and Labour movement has largely gone.
3/ In quite a few working class areas a large influx of migrants has transformed areas already afflicted by deindustrialisation. Communities where people grew up have vanished. The familiar has become unfamiliar and strange.
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Former RCP Trotskyite Munira Mirza is in Number 10 and set up the race report commission, while Corbyn had Stalinist Milne as his right hand man. Maybe our politics could be improved by expelling these creepy spawn of the authoritarian left from their positions of influence.
The authoritarian left may hate fascists, but what they really hate is exactly the same liberal metropolitan elite that the hard right detest, and that's because they see bourgeois democracy as standing between them and power.
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1/ 40 Tory MPs have joined forces with the chief of law-breaking Vote Leave Matthew Elliott and the IEA in the Free Market Forum. The Tories include Priti Patel, Liz Truss and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng. This is an extremist free market group.
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