I've just finished the book 'Despised' by Paul Embery which sets out very clearly "Why the modern left loathes the working class."
He bases the book largely on his own experiences growing up on the Becontree estate in Barking and Dagenham, which was formed in 1963, this estate is the largest council estate in the UK.
What happened in the first decade of this new century was that the Becontree estate changed beyond recognition as governments believed that:-
"....today's working class really did desire the move to a more globalised world, in which such concepts as borders and national sovereignty were of diminished importance, traditional values - such as around family and patriotism - were obsolete, and liberal progressivism enjoyed hegemony. Well, some of them did, no doubt. But from where I was sitting, most seemed thoroughly ill at ease with such a proposition."
He goes on:-
"The people in these places cried out to those in power to heed their concerns. But for years these cries were unheard'"
Then we come to the 2016 referendum and the majority in Barking and Dagenham and many other areas, despite the prophecies of disaster, saw their chance to strike back against the political class and vote leave.
First, they saw the economic doomsayers as blatantly overhyping the situation. Second, predictions of economic meltdown had little resonance in their already depressed areas. Finally third, they saw it as the only opportunity they had in their life time to force the political elite to listen to them.
The referendum for these people clearly served a purpose.
The majority of these people had also long held the view they wanted to leave the EU which explains why the Conservatives broke the 'Red Wall' in the 2019 election as the voters in these areas responded to the guarantee that 'Brexit would be done' unlike the muddle offered by the Labour party.
Those who argue that those that voted to leave did not fully understand the implications entirely miss the point that the vote was to leave and the people who voted such then expected the government to sort out a good deal. That our governments TCA is nearly as bad as a no deal is simply another indication of how incompetent our politcians are and how they have once again let down the people.
Our fourth demand sets out three areas where referenda, under certain qualifying conditions, can be called by the people and I believe the evidence from the 2016 EU referendum offers full justification as why this demand is so essential.
The reforms to our governance need to offer the people the ablity to call for a referendum - real democracy demands it.