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Two-Nation Britain

Jeremy Cliffe asks if the real political divide is between those who feel comfortable in liberal, diverse, urban Britain and those who do not - the cosmopolitans versus the rest.

Jeremy Cliffe of The Economist asks if our real political divide is between those who feel comfortable in liberal, diverse, urban Britain and those who do not - the cosmopolitans vs the rest. He argues that the success of UKIP is one sign of this division. At one end are the cosmopolitans - comfortable in diverse Britain, urban and socially liberal. At the other end are the non-cosmopolitans, who tend to be older, white, and socially conservative, This new divide poses a serious problem for the established political parties. How can they appeal to one side without alienating the other? And what role does the traditional left-right split play?
Producer: Lucy Proctor.

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