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The new front line of British politics is just wonderful

Ppicture an idyll British summer scene and the mind will generally conjure up an image of rich people having a great time. It could be a pink-faced crowd watching tennis at Wimbledon. Maybe it’s men in blazers cheering on rowers at the Henley Royal Regatta. It could be horse people roaring at their four-legged cousins ​​at Glorious Goodwood, a fancy race meeting. In other words, you imagine a liberal democratic constituency.

On July 4, the Lib Dems swept the Conservatives in their prosperous heartlands across southern England, galloping to victory in places like Wimbledon, Henley and Thame and Chichester. The electoral consequences were profound: the Lib Dems almost entirely won 61 seats from the Conservatives, enough to condemn the Tories to opposition even before Labor swept through more marginal seats en route to a landslide victory. The political consequences will also be profound. There’s a new frontline in British politics – and it’s a fair one lovely.

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