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Professor Tim Bale, Forget culture wars, the election was about power, cash and opportunity

11 June 2017

Professor Tim Bale writes that we have underestimated the importance of the economy: “Maybe we have grown so used to asserting that politics these days is all about culture rather than cash, about open v closed rather than state v market, that we’ve underestimated just how much the economy will continue to play a role, particularly when its largesse (or otherwise) is so unevenly distributed between classes and demographics…But this election, especially after seven years of austerity falling disproportionately on the young and ‘the just about managing’, may turn out to be a tipping point, something that takes us back to the future.”
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