1. Exquisite Tweets from @JeremyCliffe

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    Britain is becoming ever more diverse, urban and university-educated. May has put the Tories on the wrong side of that shift.

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    Her strategy was to win UKIP and socially conservative Labour votes on the assumption that liberal Torydom could be taken for granted.

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    So she ran a gloomy, hyper-nationalist, conspicuously anti-metropolitan campaign inviting voters to despise foreigners & internationalists.

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    This seemed unappealing and (to coin a phrase) *nasty* to many swing voters, other liberals, non-white Tories and young Britons.

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    Combined with Corbyn's excellent campaign, it reapplied the glue affixing working-class Labourites to the party's metropolitan-liberal base.

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    So Labour did well in its strongholds, but also Londonish swing seats: uni towns, worldly service centres, other big-cities & their suburbs.

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    The Conservative problem now is that these places look like Britain's future, for reasons I explain in this paper: policy-network.net/publications/4…

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    In short, May's Tories seem to dislike modern Britain. And guess what?! Allying with the anti-gay, quasi-theocrats of the DUP does not help.

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    Modern Britain will have views on that. And who knows? Perhaps modern Britain will even vote in a party keen on the country it seeks to run.

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    And perhaps that party will be Labour. But if you are a Tory and want to be that party, listen up and listen good...

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    There is an alternative: in Scotland, Ruth Davidson is pioneering a modern, liberal Toryism at ease in its skin and in its country.

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    This Toryism is for a soft Brexit within the single market. It rejects DUP's bible-bashing bunkum. It is humorous & human. It is moderate.

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    Conservatives boast that their centuries-old secret is their endless adaptability. OK, prove it. Grow up. Replace May with Davidson.

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    Persuade an old duffer with a safe seat to step down and let Davidson into Parliament. Then make her leader.

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    That's just my advice. But the fact remains that Britain is changing. Its liberal, diverse urbanites are marching into marginal territory.

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    So the Conservatives are now at a momentous crossroads: make an ally or an enemy of the country Britain is becoming. [Ends]

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