YouGov has now done a survey on social trends in the Red Wall. It makes interesting reading.
In summary what it finds is that on most issues the Red Wall is a little more conservative (small c) than the rest of the UK, but nor materially so, Brexit and migration apart. Across the UK as a whole only 41% believe the UK was right to leave the EU. In the Red Wall it remains 50%. But move on from that and things are different.
So, for example, on the supposedly ultra woke question that asked if ‘It is important to teach school children about Britain’s colonial history and its role in the slave trade’ 78% in the UK as a whole agreed and 73% did in the Red Wall. Disagreement was just 4% and 6% respectively.
As someone who has actually done real politics concerning these very seats.
Yes, attitudes overall aren’t that different, up to 10% points either way across the population, that sort of thing.
The difference is that in the metropolitan seats of the south it’s the the people who believe in these woke things who vote Labour. In the Red Wall seats it’s the people who don’t believe in these woke things who vote Labor.
Yes, obviously, that’s a gross exaggeration and all that. But there’s enough truth in it for it to be the actual point. The Labour vote oop north is small c socially conservative in a manner that the southern metropoles just aren’t. Which is the very Labour problem about being woke. Their bedrock assumed, weight the votes don’t count them, support isn’t interested in the same things those who lead the party think they are.
Bit like the Tories and Brexit a few years back in fact – and it took Ukip to make them see that.