In last week’s local elections, several results went against the national trend. Unpacking why shows how the Tory vote has changed since 2010.
When British politics falls into the hands of trendy university graduates, the working class looks to untrendy leaders – Thatcher, Johnson – for salvation.
The unions were small-c conservatives. They paraded under heraldic banners, had no truck with such new-fangled ideas as women’s rights, and wanted to keep every coal mine in the country open.
There was, and remains, a durable coalition behind a Tory Party that stands unabashedly as the champion of working people of every class.
It’s hard to say this was a Autumn Statement for ordinary working-class voters though – the voters who gave the Party its massive 2019 majority
It’s beyond frustrating to see the reputation of free-market policies trashed because of mistakes that could have been avoided with some basic research and planning.
Working class voters don’t yet hate the new policies, but it is easy to see how they will come to do so as a bad winter bites.
Ministers need to start making up for lost time and launch a high-profile public campaign alongside the energy companies.