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Professor Philip Cowley, 'Leftie' Lineker becomes voice of post-Brexit outrage

Having spent his football career at centre-forward, Gary Lineker's outspoken stance in the aftermath of Brexit has seen him proclaimed as the country's most prominent left-winger. Lineker said he was "ashamed of my generation" after Britain voted to leave the EU. He has called people questioning the age of child migrants "hideously racist", ridiculed Nigel Farage and branded America's new president-elect Donald Trump "a joke". "He manages to articulate the nub of the issue in a way that the Labour Party is not doing," says Professor Philip Cowley. "What he has done is give heart to people who voted Remain, sit on the left, are socially liberal and didn't like the referendum result.”
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