Boris Johnson’s visits to the North of England and Scotland don’t seem to be working too well. Working class people don’t like being patronised by Tories who have cut their benefits, run down their children’s schools and neglected their hospitals, only to come and promise the world at election time. Grimsby was treated at the last General Election to a stream of Tory toffs making all sorts of fancy promises.
Lynsey Hanley, a working class expert on social housing, puts it very well:
“When the Conservative party sends their representatives to court the working-class vote, they should be asked a few questions. Have they ever tried to apply for benefits to which they are entitled, or sought help from Citizens Advice? Have their local branch library and children’s centre been closed? Have they ever tried to get a bus on a Sunday, or after 8pm, outside London? Have they noticed that children no longer play out on the street? Have they ever peeled “Free Tommy Robinson” stickers off the bus shelter and the playground gates? What did they feel on visiting any city centre and seeing the lines of destitute people trying to keep their tents pegged to the pavement and their sleeping bags clean?”
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