Is the stereotypical image of ‘Red Wall’ residents actually accurate?
The answer is no, which is heartening, part of the ongoing process of demystifying the “red wall” and, by extension, other parts of the country – I expect a lot of the findings here apply to my home town of Ipswich.
It’s not just the current Labour leadership that decided to treat “the North” as a stereotypical, illiberal whole – in Starmer’s case by hoiking flags to every available surface in Hartlepool.
Seeing voters in terms of their and their community’s economic interests rather than some Facebook-inflated cultural war has potential – a step in the front door with the people who didn’t vote for you last time round.
Original article by Patrick English. Published 16/05/21.
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