Registered On: September 7, 2015
There is a patronising streak to the left when dealing with towns like Hartlepool. While I don’t think every Hartlepool resident will care deeply about this, many seem to have hostile views of such people, it isn’t a vote winner to make out everyone is a racist. It only alienates and makes them think that wanting to control immigration is seen as racist by an out of touch liberal elite. I don’t subscribe to strong immigration control, but there has to be a better way of winning sympathy than making out that the other side is inherently bigoted.
However, this Tory administration is enacting some of the most hard and vile legislation against refugees, and is pandering to base anxieties. While many may not hold such views because they’re irredeemable racists, there is a tendency to err towards extremely tough controls, which are unfair on the entrant, because it has popularity with the public. This is the issue. We cannot claim that the voters are hateful racists, because it’s not true or sympathetic. Nor can we go for Bucks’s explanation that they are saintly salt of the Earth common men when there is a tendency to be apathetic towards others being harshly treated because they’re foreign. This isn’t to say they’re racist, but it does highlight that views held by some are not exactly pleasing.
Personally, I find the idea that many working class voters are inherently racist because of immigration views, and the idea that there cannot be issues because the common man is salt of the Earth, to be incredibly patronising towards them.