As I’ve written about previously, my whole life has been one of change. As a result, that particular phenomenon is usually something I accommodate, even relish. Even when that change hasn’t exactly been sought, positives can always come out of it. So when I hear, for example, those who have just failed to win an election, saying that Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable, I shake my head in wonder. When they go on to say that the result of the election for the leadership of the Labour Party means that it will be out of power for ten years, I remember that these are people with such a large crystal ball that they failed to predict the economic crisis of 2008. The truth is that no one really knows what will happen in five years’ time.
Yet there appears to be an idea that a centre ground exists in the country on which the parties need to concentrate their efforts. It is hardly an accurate picture. After all, only a little over 24% of those registered to vote actually voted for the Conservative Party. That leaves 75% who didn’t. Moreover, one third of the population didn’t vote at all. That is, surely, where anyone with any sense should be concentrating their efforts rather than trying to persuade that, relatively small, clique to change their minds.
I would, therefore, refer you to a letter in The Guardian today. This describes the experience of teachers at Goldsmiths’ College showing that, for some time, there has been a rising tide of resentment reflected in social media and at meetings. Something that you might expect if you thought about the plight of many young people today. Those young people who are, after all, the country’s future. Many of whom face a future of their own that includes a lack of jobs, enormous debts, soaring rents and little chance of owning their own homes. The real irony in this is that is that the letter goes on to say that many of the young Corbyn supporters aren’t particularly left wing.
Finally, I would remind you that, what can only be described as a left wing government, was recently elected in Scotland. So the makings of a coalition of progressive parties who believe in sharing and caring and not “Sod you, Jack” might just be there. So, yes, there might just be a change in the air.