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Green rising: why Labour ignores “eco-socialists” at its own peril

For many young, progressive cosmopolitans there is one party to call their own. If Labour isn’t careful, it may no longer be their choice

By David McAllister  

Siân Berry and Jonathan Bartley, co-leaders of a newly mainstream party? Image: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

In the second half of The Road to Wigan Pier, George Orwell bemoans what he sees as the left’s constant tendency to alienate the ordinary, working-class voters it needs to win power. The problem, as he understood it, was down to a handful of middle-class, white-collar progressives: “the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England,” he wrote. Orwell’s harshest scorn is reserved for vegetarians in particular; anybody who asks after your dietary requirements, he argues, is “out of touch with…

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