Post by Deleted on Sept 27, 2019 9:26:35 GMT
Ashkenazi Jews started coming to Britain in large numbers in the 1880s, but it took many, many years for most of them to look twice at the Conservatives. This was a problem arising from their history and self-perception more than anything the Conservatives did or did not do (Yes, I know there was some right-wing antisemitism, but the Conservatives have always been replete with Jewish members and donors, and had a Jewish leader as early as the 1860s).
That's broadly true, with the qualifiers noted below. It's also true, again broadly, regardless of economic circumstances. To take an example local to me, an affluent housing estate on the edge of Derby has a very large (but not majority) primarily Sikh population, almost all second or third generation British residents. It's full of professionals and small business people. They are aspirational for themselves and their children. The estate votes overwhelmingly Labour (with one local Sikh and one white British councillor who doesn't live in the ward but is active) . They get similar votes.
Without wishing to be argumentative there is an alternative way of looking at this. Why are such voters not attracted to a party with a programme that would appear to be aligned with their economic interests? Why are the Conservatives so signally failing to reach such people? I attended meetings led by Dominic Grieve with Sikhs presumably aimed at rectifying that.