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The political science of how English nationalism is becoming entrenched

The electoral map is being redrawn in favour of the extremists

By Tom Clark  

Can the new nationalists be stopped? Allstar Picture Library Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

If, as Chris Mullin argues, a new nationalist populism has taken charge of the Tory Party, just how far will it go? Ultimately, of course, that depends on how long it can dominate parliament. We’ve learned a lot about its chances this spring.

It was immediately obvious that the 2016 referendum could redraw the political map: England’s rust belt towns, traditionally solidly Labour, “disobeyed” their party and opted for Leave. The next year, after the Tories took a Brexit turn, they lost Remain redoubts such as Canterbury and Kensington in Theresa May’s misfiring election. Then, after two years…

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