Friday, June 09, 2017

UK Election 2017 Who Won What and Where

This site is a good analysis of the results.

One key factor for me is that Labour increased the percentage of younger voters from less than 40% in the last election to 70% this time.

If this holds, the Tories are in trouble!

Here's another take on the political campaigns and their targeting of younger voters:

What did Mrs May have to offer young people unable to get a decent job, a living wage or a place on the property ladder?

Where was her inspiring vision of the future? Where were the policies that would help them realise their aspirations?

It is true, of course, that many young Remainers wanted to punish the Tories for Brexit.

But Labour's manifesto positively spoiled the young with freebies and goodies, most obviously the hideously expensive promise to abolish university tuition fees overnight – a subject much discussed on social media.

Crucially, Mr Corbyn's allies recognised that in a society when, proportionately, more young people go to university than ever, it is vital for politicians to tap their idealism.

Hence Labour's tireless efforts to rebrand their hard-Left leader as the political equivalent of Star Wars's kindly sage Obi-Wan Kenobi, and to paint Mrs May as the cruel, wizened Galactic Emperor.

This campaign will reverberate through Western democracies for a long, long time. Every modern country has a big chunk of indebted, under employed young people ....

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