Jeremy Corbyn’s new politics is about mutual respect, open debate and inclusivity.
The problem is that MPs of all parties have become so out of touch with public opinion, which is why the referendum result took them all by surprise. The reason that they are so out of touch is because they are unrepresentative.
For example, the average age of MPs elected at the 2015 General Election is 50, as with 2010. The recent referendum showed wide differences of opinion between various demographic groups yet still this particular group is greatly unrepresented. Generally supportive of remaining in the EU, it is unsurprising they feel their ideas are ignored. Austerity policies have affected this group. Abolition of maintenance grants, increased tuition fees, unaffordable rents, inflated house-prices for first time buyers and poor pay are difficulties obstructing young people getting on in life. This group need a voice in parliament. It is our responsibility to give the young a chance.
We need fresh ideas. We need real people in parliament not Oxbridge careerists. Young people want a say in how their future, and who are we to stop them?
The Labour Party supports opening up the voting to people of 16. This was one of the policies identified by Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for leader. In addition, we need younger people in the Commons. But in today’s climate how can that be achieved?
Grants, and training for young people who would like to contribute to the debates which will change their society for the better should be made widely available.
Kenneth Jones: I’m 71 in a few days time, I would like to let the young people know in my humble opinion they have had a very bad deal from the MPs in the UK.
I want, sincerely, to see many more youthful Labour MPs come forward to represent the people.
Without exception, in my experience of young people, they are much more caring and loyal. It’s just that we don’t encourage them to be involved. I have just read somewhere that Mr Corbyn wants the Labour Party to help young MPs to come forward and the party will pay the fees.
So bring it on, you youngsters, show us you’re up for the job! And help heal the wounds the conservatives have inflicted on us. You are the future.