This Cheltenham Labour event, a talk from Professor Danny Dorling, was a great success! It was a fascinating and well-attended meeting with both members and non-members of Cheltenham Labour and some excellent questions and answers. The whole talk can be seen on our twitter account @ cheltlabour.
Danny Dorling discussed the process that led the United Kingdom from being one of the most equal economies in Europe in the 1970s to being one of the least equal today. The general sense that things had got worse for British people led, amongst other things, to dissatisfaction with the EU. He used statistics to debunk some myths – for example that we have unusual numbers of immigrants compared to other EU countries, that the Brexit vote was mainly due to poor areas in the North, and that we have the best education system … and he explored the ways in which the end of the British Empire has affected contemporary attitudes.
He had some positive thoughts – that MPs are not completely stupid and will surely not allow a ‘no deal Brexit’, and that the referendum result did have the advantage of forcing us to deal with the issue. A narrow majority the other way would have left the dissatisfaction to smoulder on.
The full talk is well worth watching on twitter, and his recent book on the subject (Rule Britannia) looks to be a very interesting read.