By Matt Monk
It’s time the real cause for Corbyn’s unpopular polls becomes clear – it’s older voters. In a recent poll of nearly 13,000 voters by YouGov, it was found that Corbyn’s Labour leads the Conservatives among the under 40s.
This election sees young and old more divided than ever Policies not personality A poll victory for Labour has almost become imaginary for most – but such a victory is no surprise to me. I’ve been following Corbyn’s popularity with the young since he first stood for Labour leader.
Even then it was clear, it was his policies, not personality, that will make him a success.
I’m still only 20, but those of my age are frustrated and amazed by the incompetencies of past governments.
We’ve experienced generations of poor management, we’ve grown up in years of stagnant wages and decades of corporate greed. We want something else.
Middle East, Trident and US
My generation has had enough of hawkish leaders taking us into unwanted and counterproductive wars in the Middle East.
Trident is seen as unusable by most of the young, for whom costly wars should stay a part of our dark history. It takes strength to stand up to the fears of disarming our nuclear weapons and to find peace where you can.
Young people don’t want to repeat history, and even more so, they don’t want our Prime Minister being Donald Trump’s lapdog.
NHS wage rise
The policy focus of the young stretches right across the political landscape. Young people are fascinated about what will become of our NHS, and it is in the hands of Jeremy Corbyn, who will fight to keep it publically funded, where they find most trust.
Labour has promised many secure policies that will enable a strong NHS to live on through our lifetimes and beyond.
The wage rise of NHS staff is important for retaining the best and most efficient health service in the world.
Investment in mental health is a vital vote-winner for the young. It is just worn-out, Conservative, ideology that prevents this investment in our health.
Brexit middle ground
On Brexit, Labour finds the middle ground. Despite 75% of 18-24 year olds voting remain, many can see that it would be undemocratic to ignore the referendum.
The prospect of a Tory Brexit that destroys the Human Right Act, cripples workers rights and creates climate change havoc will scare us for the rest of our lives.
We want a £10 minimum wage, and more bank holidays to catch up with the rest of Europe.
An irrepressible future
Northern European countries are the case study for us, they show us what we could make our country into when we are the ones in control. And that future is coming.
It was temporarily stolen from us in America when a corrupt DNC prevented a Bernie Sanders victory, and it may well be stopped here, by our own parents.
But we are still coming – and our progressive change in policies is coming with us.