UK: Young finally discover their voice

UK: Young finally discover their voice, by Oliver Shah.

Alison Alexanian joined the ­Labour Party the moment Jeremy Corbyn ran for the leadership in 2015. She was delighted to put a cross next to his name last week.

The 32-year-old, who lives in London and works in publishing, said the left-wing veteran struck her as “consistent and genuine”, with policies to match.

She was not concerned by doubts over his numeracy: “I don’t think every policy is going to work out in terms of numbers, but I think the Tories have proved they’re abominable with the economy and it’s a very good time to have a change.”

Voters aged 18 to 34 broke 63 per cent for Labour and 27 per cent for the Conservatives, according to Sky News, helping Mr Corbyn gain 32 seats.

The surge in Millennial turnout and support for the most left-wing Labour leader since Michael Foot alarmed much of the business community.

The Millennials backing Corbyn have no memory of the Winter of Discontent that finished off the last left-wing Labour government in 1978-9.

They are likely to graduate with heavy student debts, face issues such as zero-hours contracts, struggle to buy homes and retire without final salary pensions.

Hedge fund tycoon Crispin Odey, 58, described Corbyn as an “economic imbecile” saying: “Hey, look, why can’t we just give more money to everyone and let them spend?”

Yet he understood some of the attraction Corbyn held for young people: “My sense is they are doomed to repeat a lot of these things because they haven’t seen them, and they are kind of short of anything.

hat-tip Stephen Neil