‘Voters of Hartlepool, you are the problem’

Sneering liberals are not taking the by-election result well.

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Hartlepool has fallen. The Tories have dealt yet another devastating blow to Labour’s ‘Red Wall’. Another formerly safe seat has disappeared from the party’s historic, northern working-class heartlands.

And as with every electoral upset and every populist upsurge over the past half-decade, the liberals have gone into complete and utter meltdown. ‘How could this have happened?’, they whine. ‘How could the party of the pandemic, of sleaze and of arch-liar Boris, win against the moderate, respectable and enlightened Sir Keir?’ For these embittered liberals, the only people to blame are the voters themselves.

‘Comic’ James Felton thinks the good people of Hartlepool were just too damn thick to know what was at stake. In electing the Tories, they had ‘failed the idiot test’, he tweeted:

For law professor Paul Bernal, it is less to do with mass stupidity than mass selfishness. ‘Labour’s problem’ was that, unlike nice, generous and intelligent citizens like himself, ‘a lot of people don’t actually want a fairer society’, he says.

And for Byline Times contributor Otto English, the electorate has once again been duped by their betters, by ‘fall[ing] for foppish public schoolboys’. A floppy hairdo and a posh accent is apparently enough to manipulate the gullible masses into ticking the wrong box:

The message from these oh-so-clever, kind and virtuous folk is the same as it always is: we aren’t the problem – you, the voters, are. For them, the grubby masses simply aren’t good enough for the benevolent Sir Keir and his party of angels.

What they always forget to ask themselves is this: why should the voters support a party that holds them in such contempt?

Picture by: Getty.

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