Chris Nineham makes five observations about the anti-establishment mood in austerity Britain
1On many issues, the majority are well to the left of all three main parties. 60% want to see the railways renationalised for example. A majority think tackling inequality is more important than wealth creation.
2This isn't just about Labour - support for all three main three parties is plumetting. The majority of young people are planning not to vote. The Tories have lost 10% of their membership in two years.
3Higher immigration doesn't lead to racism. Ukip is most popular where there are fewest immigrants.
4More people are joining left-leaning political parties than anytime for nearly a generation. The SNP has recruited 50,000 members since the Scottish referendum, the Green Party has doubled its membership since 2013
5The economic situation is a more important issue for voters than immigration.
If you're in London, come along to discuss what is really going on in broken Britain and what we should do about it with Danny Dorling, author of Inequality and the 1%, Lindsey German from Counterfire, Liz Fekete from the Institute of Race Relations and Chris Bambery, author of A People's History of Scotland.
The crisis of the British regime: inequality & broken politics in austerity Britain
Room G2, SOAS, Russell Sq.
Tuesday 2 December. 7.45pm
Booking is advised. Book online
Chris Nineham is a founder member of Stop the War and Counterfire, speaking regularly around the country on behalf of both. He is author of The People Versus Tony Blair and Capitalism and Class Consciousness: the ideas of Georg Lukacs.
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