'The Tories are getting working-class conservatives wrong'

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The government 'fails to understand' what working-class conservatives care about, says Philip Collins in The Times
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'A working class Tory is something to be'

Philip Collins in The Times

The Tories are "getting working-class conservatives wrong", writes Philip Collins. Historically, these voters' support was "rooted in the aspiration for a better life"; in "hope more than fear". Neither the "Braverman bullies" nor the "communitarian wing" and its "stay-at-home conservatism" will win them over now. Working-class conservatism "wasn't about anger" or "staying put", but "about getting on" – something Rishi Sunak's government "fails to understand". 

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