Is there anything sadder or more depressing than working class people actually believing that the likes of @BorisJohnson, @Nigel_Farage, @Jacob_Rees_Mogg & @TheDukeOfYork are 'on their side', while the likes of @MarcusRashford, @michaelsheen, @PeterStefanovi2 & @GNev2 aren't?
It's obviously not only working class people who are duped by Johnson/Farage etc, but they're the ones who are most exploited by them & who suffer most because of them, which is why it's so sad. But it is worth knowing that fewer than 3 in 10 of the electorate voted Tory in 2019.
While a less corrupt & more honest Government would be an improvement, if it were to simply continue with a barely reformed outsourcing-obsessed deregulatory free-market economic system, it will not be in any way adequate to the challenges Britain faces.

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