As voters seem determined to upend the status quo, political parties need to bring them – and those who speak for them – into the tent, not exclude them

It’s baffling how politicians continue to try to impose business as usual when the electorate keeps telling them it thinks business as usual is bollocks.

There’s a pattern in these years of political upheaval and election result “shocks” that happen so regularly they really shouldn’t still be shocking. Voters want leaders who will speak plainly and promise change in the lives of ordinary people, the average workers who can’t employ lobbyists or avoid taxes through family trusts or offshore havens and whose lived experience defies the assertion that policy benefits for business will quickly flow through to benefits for them.

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