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If social class no longer determines party allegiance in the UK, what does?

For much of the 20th Century, British politics was dominated by a battle of the classes based upon a

three layered social structure identifying and separating the working, middle and upper divisions of

society. In this essay…

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was slowly revoking the messages of solidarity and unity that had steered the country since it had

come together for the war effort in the 30s and 40s. Indeed, it was these values that proved

paramount to the success of the creation of the British welfare state: the ultimate "triumph…

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workers after their shift that had existed in working men's clubs for generations across the country. It

was here where many men and women would get the only political education in their lives ­ by

militant trade unionists. The halls are empty and the pits are closed now, but these…

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Co-operative movement in 1844 was in Manchester (by the Rochdale Pioneers) to enable the poor

to be able to purchase food items they could not otherwise afford.

When we apply the theories of collectivism and individualism to economics, we can clearly see why

the North seeks collectivism. By redistributing the…

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privatisation, as well as limiting public funding available to local authorities and to the education


Taking these assumptions, it follows that those who work in the public sector would be more likely to

support the Labour Party (or face being the turkey that voted for Christmas). As well as…

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giving vast power to one organisation that in turn has great implications over one's day to day life.

Although for the majority of voters, their party allegiance is the same as it has been for much of their

life (Curtice & Steed, 1982), it is those swing voters that in…

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Does a newspaper shape the readers political allegiance, or is it chosen because of already held

beliefs? It is a reasonable assumption to make that the majority of the time, newspapers don't

pronounce their political allegiance out-and-proud, but rather let their editorial team apply it


In conclusion, I think…

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Ramsden, J., 1980. The making of Conservative Party policy. London: Longman.

Rogers, S., 2011. Indices of multiple deprivation: find the poorest places in England. [Online]
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Sinclair, M., 2010. Dod's Parliamentary companion guide to the General Election 2010. Exeter:

Walraven, G., Parson,…


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