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The Politics of the PoorThe East End of London 1885-1914$
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Marc Brodie

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270552

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270552.001.0001

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‘Politics stirs them very little’

‘Politics stirs them very little’

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The Politics of the Poor


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This chapter focuses on explanations of the apparent Conservatism amongst the East End working class. In many ways, this has meant a simplified emphasis upon factors possibly acting to dilute the expression of the ‘existing’ political tendencies of the working class. But clearly the evidence does show, on a number of occasions, that voting abstention seems to have distorted an underlying majority progressivism amongst the more prosperous working class in some areas. The smaller number of poorer working-class voters seems on occasion to have seized upon ‘scandal’ to randomly, but actively, reject middle-class candidates of whatever party, with political results that are difficult to measure.

Keywords:   working class, Conservatism, East End

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