Is the Northern Independence party more serious than it looks? | Alex Niven

Is the Northern Independence party more serious than it looks? | Alex Niven

The Guardian

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For all its electoral shortcomings, the rise of an alternative leftwing party may signal a realignment in British politics

In recent years, the north of England has become a blank slate for whichever stereotypes the London-based media wants to foist on it. Whether the topic of debate is the “red wall” or “left behind” voters, there is usually an assumption that northerners are socially conservative (patriotic, Brexit-y, even a bit racist). “Northern safari” media features, in which journalists parachute into former mining villages to gather vox-pops from disgruntled, often elderly voters, have tended to back up the point.

Now, a new political movement, the Northern Independence party (NIP), has started to make the case that the north can and should be a place of radical potential rather than a reactionary backwater.

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