Senior Labour figures have clashed over whether the party is giving enough attention to the concerns of core working-class voters to beat the Tories at the next general election.
Gloria De Piero, the newly appointed shadow justice minister, and former whip Graham Jones have told the Guardian that Labour’s leadership must reach out to the party’s heartlands to form a majority government.
But their concerns have been dismissed by Dennis Skinner who said that fellow Labour MPs should realise that working-class voters will be ready to support Jeremy Corbyn after the “near victory” in the general election.
The row comes as a study by Policy Network found that C2 social grade voters, typically earning between £21,000 and £34,000 a year, made up the key group that has so far proved resistant to Labour’s surge in support. On Sunday, the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, called for a renewed campaign to shore up support among traditional working-class voters.
Labour exceeded expectations in the general election, leaving Theresa May a diminished prime minister overseeing a hung parliament.
However, many Labour majorities were cut in so-called rust-belt seats – former mining towns, market towns and seaside constituencies in northern England and the Midlands. Some MPs say the party has struggled to hold on to seats that are outside major cities and do not have significant student or minority ethnic populations.Source
In the context of ethnic diversity, politics inevitably becomes a form of indirect ethnic warfare. Throughout European civilisation, the parties of the Left are becoming campaigning vehicles for a coalition of posh white do-gooders and brown people.
You see this tendency at a particularly advanced stage in France. The top French socialists actually met up in a chateau once for a strategy session and agreed that they could not credibly continue to appeal to both the white working class and brown people. They had to pick one or the other. With a view to demographic trends, they picked brown people. Of course they didn't announce this, but news of it leaked out. And, in any case, the truth became apparent over the years based on the policy postures they adopted. That's why the Front National is now the most popular party among the white working class in France.
The problem for the Socialists is that once their demographic is large enough, the brown people will create parties of their own. We are already seeing that happening in Europe, with the emergence of Muslim parties in various places.