Go to any of the UK’s major cities and you’ll find a constituency that has been subject to substantial social change since the 1960s as new, university-educated, public sector employed, middle class professionals moved in.
These seats where once the Tories ruled supreme, are almost all now Labour bastions with large Labour Party memberships – all now grey haired but still enthusiastic for the ideas they first met in the 1970s student movement. Trade union politics – except maybe the fights in the local NUT between the SWP and Stalinists – have nothing to do with it.
Hornsey and Wood Green, Edinburgh South and Cardiff West are all the prime examples in the capitals of Britain.
Hornsey gave us Jeremy Corbyn, but he’s crossed over to the other side of Crouch Hill now and represents Islington North, so it is only in Wales and Cardiff West that the capture of the party by the Graduate Division of the Red Army has been complete.
But the politics of this comes with a price if you are an industrial worker doing something that doesn’t go down well with the quinoa. Wales has just lost 2,000 jobs at the Wylfa nuclear site because – at least in part – of new First Minister Mark Drakeford’s hostility to nuclear power.
Drakeford’s two rivals for the job warned him he was playing with fire in the leadership contest, but with his eyes firmly on the prize of personal power, he paid it no heed. How the families of Anglesey now facing sustained unemployment feel about it is unknown.
One more word of warning – another issue where Drakeford refused to break from Corbynite orthodoxy was Brexit.