This always happens when the left leaves a massive gap, which it has done for the last 10 years. It doesn’t represent the people that it should. Labour’s become a think tank that prevaricates over all this shitty boring policy. They’ve cut ties with the trade unions, have a fixation with legacies, and so on. When a vacuum like that is created, it’s usually filled by the right wing - any kind of right wing; it doesn’t have to be severe. I put a lot of blame on the left for letting it happen. They abandoned a swathe of the population and didn’t consider the implications. And when you feel abandoned, it turns you into a nastier person. There are a lot of people in this country who feel let down right now.
—Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers