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Britain isn’t the Rust Belt – is it business as usual after Thursday’s by-elections?

Tim Paramour

“Labour will get its strength back, the Lib Dems will fight by-elections wearing sandals and the Tories will bugger us all. The sun will rise, the sun will set and, like an episode of The Simpsons, everything will go back to how it was at the start.”

Full disclosure of my political biases: I’ve been a member of the Labour Party for nine years and I voted for them in the last two General Elections. Last year I voted for Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London and I voted to remain in the European Union. I voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 Labour Leadership Election and for Owen Smith in 2016. In my first two general elections, 2001 and 2005, I voted for the Liberal Democrats and can’t deny having heard their siren call since the Brexit vote. Ken Livingstone once rode in my car.

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