Politics is about listening to people’s needs, not resorting to jargon and cliche

What will the “red wall” think? As Boris Johnson pivots from Covid-19 and Brexit towards his “levelling up” agenda, that is likely to be a key question in 2021.

Already, on issues from Brexit to Black Lives Matter, from inequality to immigration, both Labour and the Tories make pronouncements with half an eye on the response in red wall constituencies. This focus, though, is both to misunderstand the red wall and to misjudge the working class.

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