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Do you agree with "Workington Man"

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GracesGranMK3 Wed 30-Oct-19 10:40:57

This was in the Daily Mail so don't shout at me. My little old people's forum are already up in arms, which may be the point ... or not? I do apologise to Workington for the quote though.

The study by Onward, a Right-leaning think-tank, said today’s swing voter was no longer ‘Worcester Woman’ – seen as a key figure in Tony Blair’s victory in 1997 – but ‘Workington Man’ – named after the town in Cumbria.

He is said to be a typically older, white, non-graduate voter living in rugby league towns in the North.

This voter has lived in his home for more than ten years as either a council tenant or owner occupier.

He favours security over freedom, thinks the economy and national culture is moving away from his views, and voted Leave.

He works in a skilled manual trade or in a lower managerial role and is likely to live in a town or rural area rather than a city.

He is more supportive than most people of a strong leader who doesn’t have to bother with Parliament.

Workington Man wants government to prioritise apprenticeships rather than cut the cost of student loans and thinks it should promote a shared sense of national identity over a diversity of identities.

He is more likely than the rest of the population to think crime is a major issue facing the country and twice as likely to think immigration is a major issue.

He is particularly sceptical about the benefits of globalisation and thinks we have a special responsibility to protect local institutions such as pubs and post offices from closure.

GracesGranMK3 Wed 30-Oct-19 13:04:10

Worthington man was talked about on politics live - it looks like we may have to get used to him.

craftyone Wed 30-Oct-19 13:07:37

oh yes, so many good points about Workington man, people like those in workington keep this country going

Bodach Wed 30-Oct-19 13:10:05

Long live Workington Man!

Joelsnan Wed 30-Oct-19 13:15:44

Do you agree with ‘Workington Man’ *GracesGranMK3?

Sussexborn Wed 30-Oct-19 13:21:35

If Workington man doesn’t get his head sat on by the loony left he could get voted in as PM.

A teacher friend had to obey the remit to get as much money as possible for the headteacher by convincing parents that Johnny needed to stay on in the sixth form to take exams he had no chance of passing, thus ruining any chance of an apprenticeship that would give him a decent income for life. Throwing the poor kid under the socialist bus before his life has really begun.

GracesGranMK3 Wed 30-Oct-19 19:20:57

What has your friend, being so unprofessional with her advice and guidance with school children, got to do with socialists. You, or your teacher friend surely keep up with things enough to know that schools, colleges and apprenticeships have been really hammered since 2010. I wonder if you have both retired and stopped even trying to understand how things are under the Tories.

And what does any of this have to do with the profile of the voter the parties need to attract?