It’s More Than the Brexit Election

It’s class warfare in the most class conscious country on the planet

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It’s class warfare in the most class conscious country on the planet.

The UK’s very tribal and class conscious. Urban, working class
people in the old manufacturing centers, like Manchester or Birmingham,
tend to vote Labour. Rural people, where ideas of patronage still hold,
are more inclined to vote Conservative. The ruling elite, historically,
all went to the same school. Twenty Prime Ministers went to Eton, plus large numbers of Cabinet Ministers and countless Tory MPs.

Labour members generally have more modest
backgrounds. Until 1945, most Labour Party members were working class.
Since then a significant number of lawyers and other professionals have
joined the party, a process that had its apotheosis with New Labour in the 1990s. New Labour was the creation of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown
and was an attempt to rid Labour of its old Socialist credentials, to
turn it into the British equivalent of…

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