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The political battles of the 21st century will be fought over values, not social status

By Peter Kellner   November 2010

Forget class. The political battles of the 21st century will be fought over values, not social status. On election day this May, and in the days immediately afterwards, more than 90,000 people told YouGov how they voted. This large number allows us to examine the electorate in great detail.

Some Labour supporters say the party lost more working-class than middle-class support, and Ed Miliband must therefore “reconnect” with the party’s core vote. Right observation, wrong conclusion. Yes, the swing to the Conservatives among C2DE voters was slightly higher than among middle-class voters. But this is part of a long-term trend.…

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