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The conundrum of the Tories and working-class votes

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25.10.2018

A DECLARATION of interest. I was brought up in a Labour-supporting home. My father’s politics were shaped by his own experiences. Two world wars, the General Strike, depression and poverty in the 1930s and a lifetime of toil, for little reward, in heavy industry.

Given his background, I was often puzzled why he was more critical of Labour’s political and moral shortcomings than he was of similar Tory failings. His answer was always the same: “The Tories don’t know any better, we should.”

The mildest of men, I remember him being perplexed rather than angry about Conservative -voting workmates and neighbours. I’m not sure what he would have made of Theresa May’s recent appeal to Labour supporters, but I’ve a pretty good idea. Leopards and spots come to mind. “Don’t they know what the “Con” in Conservative means?” was a favourite line.

Yet, it would be unwise to laugh off Mrs May’s appeal to Labour supporters. Given their past and current record, the Tories should have been consigned to political landfill long ago. But, somehow,........

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