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

At the Coffee House 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 advantageRead on

Ukip hasn’t gone away, you know

At Spectator blogs Back in 2011 I suggested that Ukip would top the 2014 euro poll and was given odds of 66/1 by Paddy Power, but I chickened out of putting money on it; I also ducked out of a bet offered by a leading political pollster that the Kippers would overtake the Lib Dems. I come from an austere Irish Catholic background and have always taken the view that gambling is a waste of good drinking money…. Read on

It may actually be in Ukip’s interest to lose the EU referendum

It may actually be in Ukip’s interest to lose the EU referendum

From Spectator blogs Will the country be torn apart by the EU referendum? That’s the argument made by Chris Deerin on the capitalist running dog website CapX. Deerin, a Scottish Unionist, says it’s now Great Britain’s turn to go through the same painful and divisive process that Scotland endured last year. Personally I doubt that will happen, although it’s possible that a slender vote in favour of remaining in the EU may in the long term… Read on

Could we move all politicians to Manchester?

From Spectator blogs The Ukip candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East has come up with a rather interesting idea: he wants to move the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to Manchester, bringing 700 jobs to the city. I imagine that a lot of Ukip supporters would be quite happy to see the department metaphorically sent to Zurich for an appointment with Dignitas, but it’s a valid point. Why shouldn’t we send more civil servants out… Read on

England’s purple revolution

England’s purple revolution

It is being called a very English revolution. In a country known for its awkward shyness and disdain for continental-style exuberance, the political establishment is unnerved by an eccentric populist party composed of real ale drinkers in red trousers. Last week’s local elections in England and Wales saw the anti-EU UK Independence Party win 26pc of the poll in the areas it stood and in the South Shields parliamentary by-election it drew 25pc of all votes. Led by ex-financial trader… Read on

Will Britain’s middle-class jobs go the same way as its working-class ones?

Has the British middle class had its day? I read an eye-opening piece in the Evening Standard earlier this week, which made me even more downbeat than usual. In it Andrew Neather wrote: “Conventional wisdom holds that while technology destroys jobs, it creates others — along with the intangible benefits of the web. But as the pace of change accelerates, bringing artificial intelligence and the digitisation of vast stores of knowledge, both the speed and nature of job losses are… Read on

Conservatism is doomed. Head for the hills

So a perfect night for Labour – victories for pretty much every candidate except Ken Livingstone (probably), whom party MPs and activists have hardly been falling over themselves to endorse in recent weeks. And so the tragi-comic King Ralph-like scenario of Ed Miliband actually becoming the heir to Palmerston and Salisbury is now, bizarrely, closer, unless the Government can pull off a serious economic miracle before 2015 (and assuming the faeces-gun that is the hacking scandal does not land a… Read on