How Preston became a socialist utopia
At its heart, the Preston Model is a reaction against globalization, on a Legoland scale. … As national politics comes to seem ever-more removed from our lives, the Left especially is retreating to a local level, where they can still hold power. … Preston was the site of the last battle fought on English soil — the Jacobite rebellion of the Young Pretender. Now that the Left has bet its future on an ex-mill town in Lancashire, it may again decide who reigns.