Boiler wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 26, 2020 11:40 pm
Politics may change fast, but people don't. On another forum I read people are delighted that a wrong they feel was perpetrated in 1975 - when they voted for the-then losing side - has finally been undone.
I partly disagree.
As I see it, even the most ingrained leave-Gammon from Stoke, Macclesfield or Hull has relatively little in common with Johnson, don't even get them started on Raab, Javid or Patel.
They're presently in an unholy alliance united around a vague concept (Brexit) and a bunch of shared bogeymen (wokes, millenials, poofters, darkies, Gary Lineaker).
They have few positives to unite around, and (I believe) their core values are at odds.
Issues like "An immigration system that's fair to all" of "cutting spending to give a tax cut to business" play well with the ministers, and might buy a few months in Stoke.
But then the trains go onto part time, and the Romanians at the car wash are replaced by lads from Uzbekistan.
However those are slow creeping divergences.
What I think is more likely to break the alliance is comedy Boris attending a national disaster, trying to play it for laughs, and trampling over values that the gammons hold close to their hearts.
Maybe another fire (let's hope not), maybe a virus outbreak and the only vaccine is all assigned to nice london postcodes (let's hope not again), maybe a couple of nonces outed in cabinet (o special advisers) ..
Who can predict what.
I'm sure there's trouble ahead for an alliance built on such shaky ground.
To some extend Starmer / Nandy have to return to traditional opposition politics.
Expect to achieve little, keep your own side's record clean, and leap on the corruption when it comes to light.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle