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Priyamvada Gopal
While many are worrying about resurgence of race thought on the right, I must confess that I'm finding myself far more troubled about it on the left. Case in point: all the dog-whistling around 'the working class' & Corbyn's supposed betrayal of them. As far as I can see, all of
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Priyamvada Gopal Dec 15
Replying to @PriyamvadaGopal
the following are terms which mean 'white' & they have resurfaced in the last three days: 'Labour heartlands' 'Labour's traditional vote' 'Traditional working-classes' 'The working-class vote' And as for 'Blue.' They should just go ahead and call themselves White Labour.
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Priyamvada Gopal Dec 15
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Race thinking & xenophobia & anti-migrant dogwhistles are the lifeblood of the Right. There is NO excuse for them on the left, not even a bruising electoral defeat. No victory is worth embracing fundamentally rightwing projects. Over & out.
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Priyamvada Gopal Dec 15
Replying to @PriyamvadaGopal
It can be no accident that a white female MP now prominently making the case for working-class betrayal has form attacking black women & driving around with Rees-Mogg. So please think hard before you join bandwagons & tedious mantras, however much you want to make it alright.
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Bring back David S Pumpkins Dec 15
Replying to @PriyamvadaGopal
It seems to think the only voters who matter are white working class male Leave voters, which is wrong on many levels, but it's mistaken just as a matter of electoral calculus. Labour lost more Remain voters to other progressive parties than it did Leave voters to the Tories.
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Priyamvada Gopal Dec 15
Replying to @DougMcCrae
Indeed. I was focusing solely on the implied assumptions of the arguments which are wrong, in any case, but I'm waiting for the full demographic analysis myself.
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David Williams Dec 15
Replying to @PriyamvadaGopal
But these people aren't "of the left". They are self interested politicians and their acolytes sending an opportunity.
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Priyamvada Gopal Dec 15
Replying to @Greenchutes
I'm afraid there are plenty of people who consider themselves 'left' making similar arguments. Let's not pretend the left broadly construed doesn't do race thinking and xenophobia.
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Jen Lyttleton-Smith Dec 15
Replying to @PriyamvadaGopal
Priyamvada: do you have a view on the most promising potential Labour leader candidate who avoids these issues but is also an electable leader?
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Priyamvada Gopal Dec 15
Replying to @jensmithcardiff
Though I CAN tell you that I don't think it's Jess Phillips. As a women of colour, she terrifies me.
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EzzieWilf - #Masketeer #2m #Section44 Dec 15
Replying to @PriyamvadaGopal
Blimey, I agree with every tweet in this thread.
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