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Trumpageddon: Working out what went wrong

24 November 2016
Trumpageddon: Working out what went wrong

It seems a lot longer than a mere fortnight since the world woke up to what many progressives regard as the nightmare prospect of President-elect Donald J Trump.

Trumpageddon could easily see progressives retreat into a comfort zone of simplistic rhetoric. This week our correspondents warn that would be a huge mistake. Gaining a deeper understanding of the message the voters have sent is the best way to start the fightback, they argue, not attempting a pale imitation of the populists.

Leading Democratic pollster Jason Boxt argues that while his fellow psephologists will spend weeks trying to assess where they went wrong on election day, there are other questions that need to be asked. Paramount among the hard truths he believes must be learned from Hillary Clinton’s defeat is that ‘message matters’. Hailing the victorious Trump campaign as a ‘metaphoric masterpiece’, Boxt argues that Clinton failed to make emotional connections on the issues that mattered most to voters.

It may only be two weeks but the inevitable soul searching is in full swing in the Democratic party about what went wrong. Strategist James Morris, who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, explains how the UK Labour party failed to conduct a proper analysis of why it lost last year’s general election. He warns that US Democrats can’t afford to make the same mistake.UK Labour MP Emma Reynolds offers a stark warning to progressives everywhere that continuing to ignore the views and anxieties of working-class voters will leave them out of power for decades to come. Arguing against the notion that the answer to Trump – or indeed Brexit – is to simply ape anti-establishment politics from the left, Reynolds calls for progressives to start listening to and offering policies to address the anxieties of those electors who feel ‘left behind’.

On Donald Trump's shock victory:


Trumpageddon: Working out what went wrong

by JAMES MORRIS

The UK Labour party failed to conduct a proper analysis of why they lost last year’s general election. US Democrats can’t afford to make the same mistake

The hard truth about Hillary and the polls

by JASON BOXT

Pollsters will spend weeks trying to assess where they went wrong on election day, but there are other questions we should be asking

Trump and Brexit show that progressives cannot take white working-class voters for granted

by EMMA REYNOLDS MP

If we continue to ignore the views and anxieties of working-clase voters we will be out of power for decades to come

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