Saturday, December 5, 2009
The current, desperate Labour strategy is not to inspire new voters, but to shore up old ones. There are, perhaps, 25 per cent of the population whose atavistic dislike of posh people can be exploited. Labour figures like Harriet Harman, the privately educated niece of an earl, or Lord Mandelson of Hartlepool and Foy, who likes to join Lord Rothschildâ€™s shooting weekends, must be kept away from them. They want John Prescott â€“ red and rude and ignorant. Their votes are useful, but their attitudes mean almost nothing to people under 40. They cannot win an election for Labour.