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Values, Voice and Virtue: The New British Politics

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It has been 26 years since the British children’s television show Teletubbies aired on TV for the first time, with its infamous grassy hill, Sun Baby and 10ft tall aliens capturing the hearts of children all over. Like with so much TV aimed at infants, Teletubbies made no sense, but its saturated colours and catchy songs made it a mainstay in children’s entertainment. In the last 20 years, as the gap between the group shorthanded as the 1% and everyone else has grown, academic studies of elites have grown with it. “It’s quite an old tradition,” said Mike Savage. “But it fell away in the 1980s. Recently, after Thomas Piketty and other economists starting talking about the 1%’s wealth, sociologists have started to look again for answers about who these people are.” Seven new Social Mobility Commissioners appointed". Government Equalities Office . Retrieved 2 September 2022. Lewis, Helen (18 May 2023). "Why So Many Conservatives Feel Like Losers". The Atlantic . Retrieved 18 August 2023.

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Freedland, Jonathan (26 October 2018). "Don't normalise the far right. But sometimes we must take it on". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077 . Retrieved 12 July 2023. In its details, it’s a portrait that Mills would recognise. “Their very identity as high-flying, highly accomplished graduates of elite institutions,” Goodwin observes, “gives them a profoundly important and highly collective sense of unity” and “shapes their values and collective loyalties”. This sense of collective identity is “strengthened by their social networks, which are usually filled with other elite graduates from other elite universities. More often than not, people from the new graduate elite marry other members of the graduate elite.” The image of a distinct new elite, defined by education and values, standing over the common people, has a long history No doubt many of them do, but Goodwin is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, and does not think the same as every one of his colleagues. The book fails to demonstrate that the people occupying the most influential positions in British economic and political spheres share a “radically progressive” outlook

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Matt engages widely with governments and corporations around the globe. He has consulted and given talks to more than 400 organizations, from the UK Prime Minister's Office to the President of Germany, U.S. State Department, European Commission, Google, Deutsche Bank, UBS, JP Morgan, Rothschild and Cie, Trilateral Commission, Goldman Sachs, Clifford Chance, and many more. He is regularly in demand as a keynote speaker including after dinner and client-facing events.He has given evidence to various parliamentary committees including the Home Affairs, Education and Public Bill committees and has privately briefed some of the world's most well known political leaders including Prime Ministers and Presidents of major advanced Western democracies. Heappears regularly in international and national media including BBC News, Financial Times, New York Times and Politico, among many others. He tweets at @GoodwinMJ. Jim Callaghan, the in many ways admirable successor to Wilson, was brought low by the unions in the Winter of Discontent, and in April 1979 defeated by the Conservatives under Thatcher, the country’s first woman Prime Minister. When Eatwell and Goodwin engage in social science, rather than market research, the implications are striking. They identify a nub of the problem as one of major, long-term demographic shifts, in which the population of Africa could be 10 times that of Europe by 2100, with numerous forces driving migration northwards. “The questions that are being asked by national populists about immigration and its associated problems will become even more important,” they assure us. Eatwell and Goodwin like to believe that they and their associates are the only ones facing up to this “uncomfortable” reality, but it is little short of fantasy to claim that, when Salvini demanded a “mass cleansing, street by street, quarter by quarter”, he was just asking a “question”. Goodwin only refers in passing to the Establishment, a term coined by Henry Fairlie in 1955, and instead describes, in his opening chapter, the “Rise of the New Elite”, which according to him Goodwin reminds us that one consequence of this reform was the collapse of working-class representation in Parliament:


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Values, Voice and Virtue: The New British Politics

metropolitan middle-class for its votes while the Conservative Party appeals increasingly to working-class, non-university educated voters in former Labour heartlands (the " red wall"). [20] Goodwin recommends that political parties "lean into" this realignment, by moving "left on economics and right on culture". [21] [22] [23] The morning after the Conservatives under Boris Johnson won the 2019 general election Goodwin tweeted "it is easier for the right to move left on economics than it is for the left to move right on identity & culture." [24] Kenan Malik wrote that this view was based on an assumption the working class are socially conservative, and "the trouble with this argument is that the key feature of Britain over the past half century has been not social conservatism but an extraordinary liberalisation", citing examples such as attitudes to sexuality, premarital sex and interracial relationships. [24]Cutts, David; Goodwin, Matthew; Heath, Oliver; Surridge, Paula (2020). "Brexit, the 2019 General Election and the Realignment of British Politics". The Political Quarterly. Wiley. 91 (1): 7–23. doi: 10.1111/1467-923x.12815. ISSN 0032-3179. S2CID 214063692. But if one does so, one sees that the New Elite is nothing like as new as Goodwin supposes it to be. It has existed in various insufferable forms for a long time, and it led Disraeli to develop a form of politics attractive to newly enfranchised members of the skilled working class: People in all kinds of elite have a tendency to downplay their privileges,” said Savage. “My point would be: separate out what they say from the sociological truth. So when Liz Truss emphasises that she went to a comprehensive school [where she said children were ‘let down’] but it turns out to have been very good, we should interrogate that.” Football | Two late own goals from Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire (above) snatched victory from Manchester United in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla. In the first half, Marcel Sabitzer had scored twice. There was more bad news for United in injuries for Raphaël Varane and Lisandro Martínez.

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