He will have to be more than a kind of North London John Smith if he wants to do more than just profit from the Government’s misfortunes.
Posts Tagged: Working Class
James Frayne: Ten errors that Conservatives must avoid making about the new working class voters who backed them last month
Listening to conversations in Westminster in recent days, I fear a number of misconceptions will drive bad decision-making.
The Government must spare no effort to deliver dignified work, up-to-date infrastructure, and state-of-the-art training to these long-neglected communities.
Lee Rowley: North East Derbyshire was a forerunner of this election victory. Here’s what we did to win again.
For my colleagues who’ve smashed through the Red Wall – pick those bricks up and build anew.
The Prime Minister’s victory is on the same scale as Thatcher’s, but of a different kind. The implications of that could be huge.
Ben Bradley: Voters tore down the Red Wall because they were sick of Labour talking down to them and holding them back
That doesn’t mean they are all suddenly hardcore Tories. For many we were the least-worst option. But we have an opportunity to win their trust.
In this new political battle, the greatest tension will not be left v right or even fiscal
doves v economic hawks. It will be a battle between creativity and convention.
The second piece in our series this week about what the Conservative Manifesto should look like.
James Frayne: Voters would welcome a Brexit deal. But it might harm and not help the Conservatives with working class voters.
Would they actually think that, now Brexit’s done and immigration back under control, that they can return to their natural home in the Labour Party?
Rather than demanding capitalism-is-broken remedies, I have found strong support for measures they recognise will support their employers.
My local secondary schools were no-go areas and no one from my primary school went to one. That won’t be my children’s experience, and he can take a lot of credit.
James Frayne: Why a populist programme wouldn’t work for Johnson. Working class voters aren’t values votes.
Middle class hostility to the working class and lower middle class is common, while working class and lower middle class hostility is practically non-existent.
James Frayne: The new Prime Minister won’t triumph on Leave votes alone. Here’s how he can win some Remain supporters over.
The NHS, the environment, childcare: the creative energies of Team Johnson must be poured into new policies for these.
Raising national insurance, fewer “sin taxes”, public sector pay rises, more schools spending – all are part of his programme.
Dean Godson: There are plenty of ideas on the centre-right. Here’s how it can create a new, decent, patriotric consensus.
Despite polarisation on Brexit, there is more agreement among voters than often appears – and therefore more cause for optimism.