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@faisalislam @corecities Yes, I agree. Cities could try to bridge ('we need to show how we can spread gains of openness, both across cities & beyond them') rather than polarise ('you call us metropolitan elites, but we know the choice is Open v Closed') 
@faisalislam @corecities My tweet was response to "Manchester has got more in common with Munich, probably, than it has with Mansfield,” while “London has more in common with Amsterdam and Paris than it has with a small place in the UK”. Questionable in principle but certainly v.bad post-Brexit politics.
@faisalislam You're talking Conservative Party strategy - yes, have a cities problem, a graduate problem, under-45s problem & an ethnic minority problem - so cultural polarisation is therefore q.double-edged. That's a very different Q to the Brexit influencing strategies of 10 @corecities
@faisalislam I'm making a different point. Cities won't secure alliances to protect their interests&values if present selves as islands of cosmopolitan tolerance, apologising for choices of their regions. Could articulate shared interests Remain+Leave voters in cities, several 50-50 on EURef
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