Could a 'youthquake' cause Boris Johnson to lose the general election?

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      • A surge in young people registering to vote ahead of the UK general election has led to predictions that a “youthquake” of young voters could remove Boris Johnson from office.
      • Over 3 million people applied to vote since the election was called, 67% of which were made by people under the age of 34, who tend to be significantly more likely to support Labour than the Conservatives.
      • The surge was driven by calls on social media from multiple celebrities for young people to register to vote.
      • However, academics told Business Insider that the surge in voting registrations did not necessarily mean a ‘youthquake’ will happen in December.


      There has been a surge in young people registering to vote in the upcoming UK general election, leading to predictions that a “youthquake” could cause Boris Johnson to be removed from office.

      A record number of people applied on the last day before registrations closed, following calls to register from celebrities including rappers Stormzy and Game of Thrones actor Emilia Clarke.

      A huge last-minute spike saw the numbers of people registering to vote rise to 660,000.

      As registration closed on Tuesday, figures from the Cabinet Office showed that over 3 million people had applied to vote since the election was called.

      Sixty-seven percent of those were made by people under the age of 34, who tend to be significantly more likely to support Labour than the Conservatives.

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      That is the question, isn’t it? Will the younger generations show up and vote in substantially greater numbers than they have in the past? If they do, then Labour will win. If they don’t, Labour won’t win and the failed policies of the Tories will accelerate. But if they do, the ripple effects will be felt on the other side of The Pond.

      It isn’t just capital that has been globalized; political movements have been as well.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      If Democrats don’t stand for the people, why should people stand for them?--Jim Hightower

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      This election? Maybe, probably, but it’s just a question of when.

    • #231644
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      let’s hope so.  not only on its own merit, but because corbyn’s election helps bernie, and us, and messes with the Dumpster.

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      You’d never know it, but the future of the United Kingdom is at stake

      The Conservative manifesto contains plenty of rhetoric about the UK. It claims that “the United Kingdom is the most successful political and economic union in history” and it says that Conservatives “stand for a proud, confident, inclusive and modern unionism that affords equal respect to all traditions and parts of the community”. But this rhetoric flies in the face of YouGov polling in June that showed 63% of Tory party members were willing to accept Scottish independence and 59% a united Ireland if Brexit could go ahead.

      It is also at odds with the contemptuous way that the Tory party under both Theresa May and Johnson has actually handled Scottish and Northern Irish responses to Brexit. That reality was provocatively on show again this week when, with all the absolutist confidence of a lordly Bourbon, Johnson dismissed any possibility of negotiation with the Scots over a second independence vote. Like May before him, Johnson appears indifferent to – and may even welcome – both the anger that his Brexit deal provokes and the formidable nature of the forces ranged against him, in particular of the SNP.

      Labour’s problem is altogether different. Its manifesto has far less to say about the union. Indeed, remarkably in some respects, the words “United Kingdom” do not occur anywhere in its 107 pages. Yet Labour definitely has an ambitious unionist policy. It says it is opposed to Scottish independence, which it says would be “economically devastating”. What Scotland needs, Labour says, is not independence but money. Labour promises Scotland “transformative investment” worth “at least around £100bn”.

      This is classic centralist social democratic unionism of the postwar kind. The Labour Scottish secretaries of earlier eras, people like Willie Ross, Bruce Millan and George Robertson, would have known it for what it is. But Corbyn cannot call it by its name. The anti-imperialist campaigner is in deep denial about the fact that he leads a unionist party pursuing a unionist policy. Many in his party take a similarly ambivalent view about the breakup of the UK.The Liberal Democrats’ manifesto embodies another problem. It is the only one that has detailed new things to say about the way the United Kingdom could work better constitutionally. Swinson’s party supports “home rule for each of the nations of a strong, federal and united United Kingdom”. It mistakenly stops short of advocating an English parliament, but it is open to devolved parliaments in regions that want them, such as potentially Cornwall or Yorkshire. Yet the difficulty with the Lib Dem proposals is simply that the party is not taken sufficiently seriously for its approach to have any possibility of cutting through.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

    • #232026
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      I was thinking I’d heard ‘youthquake’ before & something about Twiggy/England swings like a pendulum do…

      <b>Youthquake</b> was a 1960s cultural movement. The term was coined by <i>Vogue</i> magazine’s editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland in 1965. Youthquake involved music, pop culture and changed the landscape of the fashion industry. The movement is characterized by looking to youth culture for a source of inspiration, taking dominance away from the English and Parisian couture houses… These boutiques were key players in London…Poster girls of the youthquakers such as Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy...

      The concept of the “bubble-up” theory, where ideas and inspiration was taken from the low-context culture instead of the high-context culture setting the standards….

      In December 2017, declared the idiom <i>word of the year</i>, noting a five-fold increase in its use during the year, particularly in reference to young people’s political engagement…

      Interesting that it appears the first time in a context of plenty, the second time in a context of want…



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