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Poor whites in places like Burnley have an idea of justice which is at odds with the modern, liberal state. Their sense of losing out from immigration cannot simply be dismissed as racism

By John Lloyd   June 2002

Burnley’s reputation has been taken to heart. When I was looking over the files at the local newspaper office, a young man came in, amiable and feckless, and began talking to the woman at the counter in a kind of stream of consciousness way-“I’m just out for a walk, me and there’s nowt to do. There’s nowt to do in Burnley in t’mornin, is there? There’s nowt to do in Burnley any time. You don’t want to walk out at night here. It’s not a great place, is Burnley.” Had it not been so artless, it could have been a…

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