How woke students, academics, artists and galleries help create a metropolitan elite discourse which alienates ordinary people and hands political power to the Right

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‘As polls have attested [traditional Labour voters] rejected Labour because it had become a party that derided everything they loved.’

As of January 2020, Labour has 580,000 registered members, making it the largest membership of any party in Europe, and yet it has just suffered its worst election defeat since 1987. How do we reconcile these initially contradictory facts?

Trying to make sense of Labour’s catastrophic defeat in the 2019 General Election has prompted a flood of articles and analyses. I was fascinated to read in several of these articles, by writers from the Left and the Right, the related ideas that:

  • The decline of the traditional, manual-labouring working class, the decline in Trades Union membership and the increasing diversity of types of work and workplace, with the rise of part-time and zero hours contracts, now mTean that the only section of society which Labour can entirely rely on is the vote…

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