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9 May 2017

Deep Dive podcast: The Great British Election Divides

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

By New Statesman

Is Brexit the biggest political divide in this election? Or is it all about personality? Our podcast co-hosts, Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood, are joined by former political strategist, James Morris, to discuss the latest thoughts from voters around the country. Plus: from “bombshells” to “cats coming out of the bag” – Stewart rants about the catch-phrases used during campaigns.

Quotes of the week:

  • Stewart Wood: “It’s a really odd election campaign. You’ve got four different parties with four different kinds of campaign.”
  • James Morris: “Elections are very, very rarely about issues. This election, like most elections, is really about competence and who is capable.”
  • James Morris: “In the focus group last night, one person said: ‘He’s a dope, she’s only a bit of a dope, so I’ll go for the bit of a dope’.”
  • Ian Leslie on what’s getting him down about the campaign: “… that politicians think it’s ok to float above the voters and beam down these giant slogans, without actually interacting with human beings.”

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