This is a thoughtful article published in the Conversation, written by Benjamin Bowman, Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath. Bowman argues that younger voters have been patronised and overlooked for too long and when politics is meaningful for them, they take part with gusto.
Once again, this is an example of Theresa May‘s poor leadership and judgement – without effective strategic analysis, proper research, costings and risk analysis. May simplistically thought that the election was about giving her a mandate for Brexit, although she consistently refused to answer question on Brexit, demanding a blank cheque. The Conservatives simply went after UKIP and SNP voters and were successful. BUT strategically, Jeremy Corbyn‘s Labour Party outflanked May. By energizing young voters, Corbyn opened up the raw wounds of austerity, unemployment and social welfare.
Now that the UK’s younger population has been mobilized politically, they are unlikely to step back, providing the Labour Party with an enduring advantage.