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James Explains Why People Support Labour Policies, But Not The Party
12 May 2017, 11:44 | Updated: 12 May 2017, 11:54
A poll by ComRes found strong support for some of Labour's key policies - but strong opposition to the party.
"Keeping the ban on fox hunting 78% of the British people polled support the ban on fox hunting, want to keep it in place, 12% are opposed to it.
"Renationalising the British Railways 52% support that, 22% are opposed to it.
"Banning zero-hours employment contracts is supported by 71% of people, voters, and opposed by 16%.
"And then when asked which party seems to have more realistic and well thought through policies the Conservatives get 51% and Labor get 31%."
James thought the difference between support for policies and support for the parties was striking. James thinks a lot of it has to do with how Labour appeal to the tabloids, or more accurately, how they don't.
"You know you see it, you can talk about strongmen and what have you, but it certainly did Margaret Thatcher no end of good to seem like she was up for a fight.
"Whereas what Corbyn, I think, will be trying to sell today, is a really reluctant last resort support for military action.
"It's very hard for the tabloids to get behind it, and if the tabloids don't go behind it you don't get public support."