Today’s Tories only talk about class to divert attention away from addressing racism, not because they want to address the grotesque economic inequalities that define work, housing, health, education and political power.— Owen Jones ? (@OwenJones84) April 1, 2021
Happy #TransDayOfVisibility. Solidarity with our trans siblings as they continue to suffer widespread discrimination and bigotry, validated and fuelled by most of the British media.— Owen Jones ? (@OwenJones84) March 31, 2021
Here’s to a world where trans people have full equality and acceptance for who they are ???????????????
No one saw this coming.
I’m shocked that the party of Owen Jones and Ash Sarkar and cosmopolitan elites who hate White people and who hate Britain and who read The Guardian has lost touch with the White working class in Britain and has been obliterated and now wanders in the political wilderness.
The panel is correct that the GOP has defeated itself by clinging to its obsolete Reaganite ideology instead of leaning into this inevitable shift. The voters aren’t the problem. It was a choice to use the mandate of the 2016 election to push Paul Ryan’s wildly unpopular policy agenda and to respond to COVID in the way that Trump did or to oppose $2,000 stimulus checks and lose the Senate, etc.
In the UK, working class voters identified the EU, wokeness and immigration as the real issues and defected from Labour to vote for the BNP and UKIP long before Boris Johnson accepted this reality and reaped the political benefits from relenting. There had also been fierce resistance to it in the UK from Conservative elites. David Cameron thought that British voters would vote to stay in the EU. It was the voters who forced the issue by backing Nigel Farage and voting for BREXIT. Boris is being hailed as a genius because he stopped fighting his own voters who were already moving toward nationalism and populism.
The “far right domestic extremists” have better instincts about political reality than the Republican establishment. The winning hand of issues – immigration, political correctness or wokeness, crime, censorship, civil liberties, trans, protecting American heritage, opposing Antifa and Black Lives Matter – are things that resonate in the Center and with working class voters. Stimulus checks resonate with working class voters. Meanwhile, Hannity is sitting across from Caitlyn Jenner on his show!
Note: I think the GOP is much more likely to adjust its messaging and agenda now that the precedent has been set by the Tories and due to the fact that its voters have become more populist.