Across the West, working-class voters are abandoning the Left

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That’s what many people at the moment believe. But if you look elsewhere, white working-class voters are deserting centre-left parties across the western world, so it would be strange if Labour was able to buck this trend. In Austria, for instance, 85 per cent of working-class men voted for the radical right at last year’s presidential elections. Working-class voters also carried Donald Trump to power – the Orange One having a 39 point advantage among ‘non-college whites’. In France, the National Front can rely on the support of 45 per cent of blue-collar workers, a figure Labour could only dream about.

Compare Labour’s woes with the state of Ukip, a party which at the moment seems to embody Conquest’s Third Law – the idea that the simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.

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  1. David West says

    Check out the Twitter spat between Runnymede Trust zealots, Aaronovitch, David Goodhart and Eric Kauffman… the latter two, to one degree or another, are fighting back against WB decline.

    The game is on.

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