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The people who will suffer most are also those who are least important politically.

Not always "least important", argues this academic:
`We don't exist to them, do we?': Why working-class people voted for Brexit - LSE Europp

The referendum was a turning point for the women in east London. They had not voted in the 2015 General Election: they had little interest or faith in a political system seated only three miles away when their daily and immediate situation needed constant attention. When `Sally' told me she was going to use her vote for the first time to leave, I asked her if she thought things would change for the better if we were to Brexit. She said she didn't know, and didn't care. She just couldn't stand things being the same.
Working-class Leavers were derided as turkeys voting for Christmas, but it is the middle-class Remainers who have been running around like headless chickens since the vote. Like Henny Penny, they think the sky is falling in, but whether the sky falls in or not, Brexit has made a difference to working-class people dubbed `the left behind'. They have become visible for the first time in generations, and to some extent feared.
by Bernard on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 09:00:14 PM EST
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tbh, they'd been abandoned by Labour since the early 70s. And, once thatcher had used them and spat them out, neither party ever gave them any mind.

Appeal to those who vote has been the credo. The idea that the abandoned still have opinions was moot, if they didn't vote, they couldn't be persuaded usefully.

They're also the people who will vote for Corbyn and then expect miracles he can't deliver cos their hopes are unrealistic. Same as Attlee lost in 51 cos he couldn't hope to deliver on every expectation and Churchill attacked him on what he'd not done

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 10:10:18 PM EST
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And come the next general election they probably won't vote again as most are not in marginal constituencies. Or has Brexit led to them being much more engaged politically?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Jan 22nd, 2018 at 10:52:20 PM EST
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