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North and West of Oxford are the Cotswolds, which are prime Tory shire land. So that will definitely interest Johnson.

He loses interest when the industrial Midlands start, which more or less means north of Coventry. Although there's another Tory enclave north of Leeds, with York, Harrogate, and the other posher parts of Yorkshire.

Workington Man was an election persona picked to typify Brexit-voting Labour supporters and the Red Wall, and the Red Wall tends to live on the deprived working class edge of these Tory utopias - the towns where Thatcher destroyed the industrial jobs in the 80s and the Tories blamed the survivors for their own poverty.

Then the Tories decided to blame the EU instead, and the rest is history.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Sep 16th, 2020 at 06:29:05 PM EST
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