There were not many ideas on offer at the Progressive Governance conference in Oslo at the end of last week – a gathering of the leaders of Europe\’s centre-left and policy thinkers. Denial is the default position, because the left does not want to believe its own people could descend to hating immigrants with the ferocity of the populist right. To make concessions is to legitimise attitudes that should only stay on the margins.
Isn\’t that nice?
If we don\’t notice it it will all go away?
And this is simply wrong:
David Cameron\’s Tories lose votes to the British National Party and Ukip.
You what? Tories and BNP are fighting each other for votes? The BNP (before it\’s quite delightful recent implosion) competed for Labour votes in Labour areas. Barking and Dagenham? Stoke? Anyone really trying to say that these are or ever could be Tory areas?