The politics of belonging


This report from the UK think tank Onward looks at what is driving the sea change in our politics and argues why we must embrace Conservatism for the Common Good.

The Politics of Belonging explores the changing attitudes of a volatile electorate. It finds evidence of a sea change away from the politics of freedom in the post-war period, where choice and autonomy dominated, to the politics of security and belonging, as voters increasingly seek protection from the turbulence of the modern world. It identifies a new swing voter for the coming election – ‘Workington Man’. He is typically white, male, is unlikely to have gone to university and probably voted Leave in 2016. These voters are most concentrated in rugby league towns in the North of England.  The report sets out a new philosophy of conservatism to win over such voters, based on providing more economic, cultural and national security.

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