July 28, 2021
General News

The values divide between Labour and the Tories isn’t a culture war. It’s a battle for the soul of England

As the rest of us watched an England football team that represents the best of us, the nasty party came back. While Gareth Southgate and the England team were defining an idea of the nation that was generous and inclusive, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel decided to take the side of those who think that national pride means booing their own team. Modern Britain is leaving the Tory party behind. From the government that brought us the “hostile environment”, perhaps we should expect no more. But we certainly deserve more.

If the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary want to show that they are not pandering to racism, they should retract their words and apologise. There is little chance that they will. Turning Wembley Stadium into a hostile environment creates a divided country that they think they can command. Yet before, during and after the European Championship, the England…

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