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Will Cooling looks at how the Labour Party has yet to come to terms with how Brexit has exposed a fundamental rift between its middle class and working class supporters. This inability to appeal to all of its supporters is (rather than Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership) the real reason the party’s very existence is at risk.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s first few days as Labour Party Leader have not gone as well as one may have hoped. There are of course many reasons for this but the one that shouldn’t be overlooked is the new Leader of the Opposition’s misplaced attempt at moderation.

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With the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn actually being the Leader of the Opposition becoming ever more likely, the debate has switched to whether he is ‘electable’. The answer is no but interestingly it’s for a reason that even the hard-left recognise; income tax.

You will have heard a lot from ‘Jez’ and his fellow comrades on the need to make the rich contribute more through a combination of tax rises and other measures to tackle tax avoidance. What they are more circumspect about is what role taxation on everyone else will play in building their New Jerusalem.

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To be elected in 2020, the Labour Party needs to confront one problem above all others.

And that problem is that it is seen as the party of poor people.

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