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THREAD A long thread about my own personal experiences during this election dealing with my Labour voting family deciding to out themselves as casual racists by voting Tory / Brexit Party in traditional Labour "Red Wall" heartlands
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
I come from a genuine working class family . Grandparents were miners and domestic cleaning staff Dad was butcher , mum was a cleaner and when she remarried after their divorce she married a miner .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
I grew up in a two up two down terrace house that my parents rented from the local Co-op society and then moved into a council house in Kendray (Barnsley) when my mum remarried .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
One grandad was a NUM union rep ( at Woolley Colliery alongside Scargill ) Other grandad was a NUPE union rep . Mum and her sister were both UNISON union reps .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
I guess what I'm trying to get across is that we were a proper Labour supporting family , cut us in half and we would have Labour running through us like a stick of Blackpool rock .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
And yet in this election I was the only one still voting Labour, in traditional "Red Wall" Lab areas. I'm in Sheffield but my family is split across the Barnsley area, some in Dan Jarvis' constituency, some in Steph Peacocks and some in the Penistone area that's just turned Tory.
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
How the hell did this happen ? Why did my mum and step-dad and my Dad and step-mum all vote Brexit Party ? Why did my brother and his wife and my aunt and uncle both vote Tory ?
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
They're not stupid people , my step-mum is a nurse and educated to degree level , my brother an accountant and educated to degree level and my sister-in-law a teacher educated to degree level .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
We all lived through Thatchers annihilation of our communities when she went after the unions and destroyed Barnsley after and during the Miners strike . My step-dad lost his job when Woolley Colliery was closed and never worked again .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
So how the hell did they all come to abandon Labour and vote for parties whose policies are the complete antithesis of their own needs and aspirations ??
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
To answer that you've got to look further back than just this last few weeks or months or the last couple of years . You've got to look a lot further back .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Before the Miners strike everyone I knew lived and worked in Barnsley , my grandparents jobs were in Barnsley , my parents jobs were in Barnsley , my aunt's and uncle's all worked in Barnsley as it seemed did all my friends families.
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
The aftermath of the strike changed that . Most people were employed at the Pits or in industry connected to the Pits or in the service industries like retail , pubs etc where the Miners spent their wages.
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
When those wages went then so did the local economy. New Labour in 1997 gave people hope of a change but all they brought to the area were low paid minimum wage jobs to replace high paid skilled industrial jobs .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
People thought that New Labour when they got in would regenerate and revitalize these traditional working class Lab heartlands. They didn't. Yes we got a far better funded NHS and Sure Start etc. But areas like Barnsley just got left behind , their Labour votes taken for granted.
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Life had changed . Only my mum still worked in Barnsley . I moved to Sheffield because of work . My dad ended up in Stoke were he met my step-mum before they returned to Barnsley .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
My brother , his wife and most other family members worked in other nearby towns and cities , even though they still lived in Barnsley . Some like my Step-dad and aunt and uncle relied on the benefits system to see them through to retirement age .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Then along came the banking crisis , followed by the high street crisis that saw the likes of Woolworths bite the dust . Quickly followed by a Tory & Lib Dem government pushing their disastrous Austerity policies.
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Areas like Barnsley took another hammering . Jobs lost in the local economy which had never recovered from Thatcher thanks to New Labours indifference. Cuts to essential council services and cuts to the NHS locally meaning longer waiting lists and crowded doctors waiting rooms .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
And in amongst all this comes Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson . The poisonous bastards gave everyone in areas like Barnsley exactly what the needed , exactly what they wanted ....... Someone to blame.
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Immigrants . Immigrants let into this country by the EU. Immigrants taking our jobs . Immigrants using our NHS Immigrants taking our council houses Immigrants filling up our doctors waiting rooms
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
You see it couldn't just be the Tory's fault that things were rough because it hadn't gotten any better whilst Labour was in power. So it has to be someone else's fault .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
So Farage and Johnson must be correct when they blame immigrants and tells us all politicians are the same Both narratives that have been pushed relentlessly by Farage , Vote Leave and Johnson
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Farage and Johnson must be correct if the news on the telly says the same thing and asks them to come on all the time to talk about it .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Farage and Johnson must be correct if the newspapers all print the same stories blaming immigrants for taking our jobs and our houses and clogging up our NHS .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
And Farage and Johnson must be correct if everyone on Facebook is posting the same Memes especially if greasy Brenda from the local chippy is posting it cos she obviously knows here stuff !!!!
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Under Thatcher we knew who to blame , the Tory's. But under Blair who did you blame for life getting no better because of New Labours indifference ?? The politicians , both sides because they are all the same , none of them give a stuff about us .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Under austerity who do we blame ? Not the Tory's cos they've told us that we are all in this together and there is no other way , we have to all make sacrifices .
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
So we blame the immigrants , the ones that the EU are forcing us to take . And by default because we tend to class anyone who's different to us as a potential immigrant then we blame any and all ethnic minorities
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
All of this whipped up to a frenzy since 2016 by the likes of Farage , Vote Leave , Tommy Robinson , Katie Hopkins , Hartley-Brewer , Rod Liddle and Boris Johnson and his Tory cohorts.
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Wayne Rhodes Dec 23
Replying to @Sheff_socialist
Aided and abetted by the usual cast of idiots at the BBC , ITV and Sky .
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