Labour’s Class Problem

If I learned one thing from the independence referendum, it is that Scottish identity is deeply entwined with class. In the final delirious days of the campaign a panic gripped upper-middle class Scotland – finance workers and the gentry would shout at Yes campaigners in the street, while on spontaneous demonstrations (labelled “fascistic” by one Herald journalist) people sang football songs.

There was a genuine terror among Scotland’s privileged that they would be subject to a democracy, while a matching sense of hope and possibility propelled Scotland’s least privileged onto the streets.

So it is little wonder that Labour finds itself in terrible, terrible trouble. In fact it is fair to say the the SNP, not Labour, is now the party of the Scottish working class.

A new Ipsos Mori poll (apparently conducted twice, because they didn’t believe their results the first time) has the SNP on an incredible 52% to Labour’s 23%. Breaking the details down by class paints a dramatic picture.

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