Jonathan, 43, Warwick
Occupation Transformation and technique supervisor
Voting report Conservative in 2019, and beforehand, in Australia, voted for the conservative Liberal occasion
Amuse bouche Is a infamous interest starter, and has a interest graveyard, the place all his hobbies have gone to die
Liam, 61, Warwick
Occupation Retired customs adviser
Voting report Labour since 1979 – with a peg on his nostril beneath Blair; with out the peg beneath Corbyn
Amuse bouche Together with his brother, produced one of many first occasion political broadcasts proven on TV for Sinn Féin
Liam He was dressed fairly conservatively, however I hate judging folks on the way in which they costume.
Jonathan He was acutely aware of different folks portray him as a sandal-wearing soiled lefty. I wouldn’t be so smug as to guage a guide by its cowl.
Liam I had the vegetable soup, and a white fish stew with garlic bread.
Jonathan I had a beautiful baked camembert and a sirloin steak. Liam introduced as I ordered it that he was a vegetarian, so I made positive he was snug with me consuming a hunk of meat, and he was.
The massive beef
Jonathan The core matter was: why did Labour lose the 2019 election? I’m an actual pragmatist. First you win energy, as a result of you then get to prosecute your agenda. You don’t play bullshit video games and also you don’t put up a candidate who’s universally assumed to be unelectable. I challenged Liam on this and he was a bit of bit squirrelly – in a beautiful method, as a result of he’s a beautiful man.
Liam He felt Corbyn ought to have modified or watered down his concepts. I disagree. Corbyn was a person of precept. The irony is that Labour’s manifestos in 2017 and 2019 weren’t radical in contrast with most European nations. They had been fairly average.
Jonathan Individuals didn’t like him as a man. Why put somebody up who you already know the general public don’t like? Liam’s view was that no one else needed to take management and it was Corbyn’s flip. He took one for the crew.
Liam It wasn’t about Corbyn, the person. He had weaknesses, nevertheless it was his concepts and the motion he impressed that the institution had been afraid of. That’s why he retains arising. In the event that they didn’t concern him, they wouldn’t denigrate him the way in which they do.
Jonathan He’s a little bit of a conspiracy theorist, is our Liam, and he would freely admit that himself.
Liam I voted stay. Due to my job – I used to be a commerce compliance supervisor – I used to be concerned within the day-to-day workings of importing and exporting. After I was speaking about Brexit to my pals, they didn’t have a clue about free commerce agreements, tariffs, exporting items. He did point out the sovereignty factor, the truth that the UK can now do what it needs to do. However I at all times ask the query, “What can we do now that we couldn’t do earlier than?”
Jonathan I believe he was anticipating me to have voted depart. He pictured me as a stereotypical Tory. I wasn’t within the nation on the time, so I don’t have licence to remark. But when the vote was held as we speak, I’d vote stay, as a result of there are too many good causes to stay related to an admittedly imperfect bloc. It doesn’t appear logical to disconnect your self.
Liam We agreed on world warming. Regardless of his centre-right place, he agrees that we have to do one thing shortly, however he was much less radical than me. He felt that politicians additionally had kids and grandchildren, and that will forestall them from doing something foolish. I disagree. I believe we’re being ruled by loopy folks, and it’s straight out of Dr Strangelove.
Jonathan He’s a pessimist and I’m an optimist. That was a reasonably constant thread that ran all through our conversations. I’m assured that, when humanity’s again is towards the wall, the very best of humanity will prevail. Liam was mainly prepared to surrender and let the rising sea degree wash him away and finish his existence.
Liam I believe his worldview has been conditioned by the media, and that’s his spectrum of debate. He’d by no means heard of Noam Chomsky!
Jonathan I believe he’s a beautiful man. I’d love to fulfill once more – have half two or three, placing the world to rights.
Further reporting: Sarah Hooper
Jonathan and Liam ate at The Cape of Good Hope, Warwick
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