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Despised: Why the Modern Left Loathes the Working Class

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Book launch and panel discussion for Paul Embery's searing new book

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The typical contemporary Labour MP is almost certain to be a university-educated Europhile who is more comfortable in the leafy enclaves of north London than the party’s historic heartlands. As a result, Labour has become radically out of step with the culture and values of working-class Britain.

Drawing on his background as a firefighter and trade unionist from Dagenham, The Full Brexit co-founder Paul Embery argues that this disconnect has been inevitable since the Left political establishment swallowed a poisonous brew of economic and social liberalism. They have come to despise traditional working-class values of patriotism, family and faith and instead embraced globalisation, rapid demographic change and a toxic, divisive brand of identity politics. Embery contends that the Left can only revive if it speaks once again to the priorities of working-class people by combining socialist economics with the cultural politics of belonging, place and community.

Join us to discuss this provocative new book, and its implications for left-wing politics in Britain. Our panel features:

  • The author, Paul Embery;
  • Lord Maurice Glasman, co-founder of The Full Brexit and leader of the "Blue Labour" movement;
  • Dr Philip Cunliffe, another co-founder of the The Full Brexit, and senior lecturer in international politics at the University of Kent.

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