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Reclaiming the north

The Conservatives were not always so unpopular in the north of England—can they win it back?

By Peter Kellner   November 2013
Winston Churchill was British Prime Minister

Winston Churchill was apparently a big weeper

Karl Marx was wrong; or, at any rate, unfair. He complained that philosophers “only interpreted the world,” when the point was to change it. The trouble is, change is likely to work only when we understand what is wrong. The Conservatives badly want to change voting habits in the north of England, but to do so, they must first answer a fundamental question: why don’t northerners vote Tory?

Some do, of course. George Osborne (Tatton, Cheshire)…

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