This election has seen the biggest turnout in young people since 1997. Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity; or, rather, anti-Establishment message appealed to a sufficient number of them to deliver the hung Parliament that I’ve wanted for some weeks.
The message that young people are sending is not as clear as many are suggesting. Generation Y and under 20s supported the Labour Party in the last election, though not in large enough numbers. Young people desire socially liberal policies above all else, but do not like the prospect of leaving the EU, as demonstrated by their actions now in two general elections. Many in the commentariat are calling this the revenge of young people. Ultimately, it is an indication that young people are fed up with populist, right-wing policies in Britain, and are becoming inspired by an anti-Establishment candidate. Here is a numerical reasoning of the claim I am making here, paying particular attention to the fact that young people voted for the then anti-Establishment voice – and one which was not particularly Eurosceptic.
Cameron instructed his candidates in 2010 not to talk about Europe for fear of scaring people off. It was said by many of those MPs who called for a referendum that this was because he was not particularly Eurosceptic, and they may have been right about that. What they were wrong to be was, unfortunately, Eurosceptic in the first place.
Any Brexit deal supported by the DUP will require a softer Brexit; their security measures at home depend on it. A bloodbath is about to be unleashed within the Conservative Party, and we will have an early election. The person leading the party must demonstrate to young people that they care about their futures – and that includes preventing a hard Brexit.