Analysis of recent high levels of voting for the Labour Party leadership show a phenomenon.
For decades the worst voting records in Parliamentary elections have been for the 18-24 year olds and not much better for 24-31 year olds.
At the same time the leaders of the main political parties have got much younger.
But this autumn a large number of young voters flocked to hear Jeremy Corbyn address meetings up and down the country.
Corbyn would be 71 if elected as Prime Minister in 2020.
Teenagers and students at college tell us it is the “wise granddad factor.”
And secondly it is the non-voting young who have found they are bearing the brunt of Tory austerity cuts.
No investment in them as the leaders and decision makers of 2030 and 2040.
No faith in them to have grants paid them in full as happened during the 1960s when new universities opened and their grandparents flocked to colleges.
Now it is a question of paying your way. There are tuition fees for often very poor teaching of undergraduates.
Only this week an independent report slammed Universities for their continuing poor record in teaching degree courses.
Far too often research students rather than university staff end up teaching students paying £9000 to be taught by qualified academics.
Next comes the future AFTER a first degree or all too often a fourth or fifth year doing a Masters.
Far too many highly-qualified men and women in their twenties find there are no jobs to match their qualifications.
They end up working zero hours contracts in hotels and catering and supermarkets and garages doing jobs they could have done at 16.
Not only that but they then take the jobs of more unskilled young people for whom those jobs were ideal.
In fact going to college for several years from 16 on has been a way of keeping the dole queues much lower than they otherwise would be and incurring large debts for the privilege of keeping the unemployment figures artificially low.
Small wonder children of less well-off parents are questioning the value of getting into debts of up to £30,000 with poor job prospects at the end of it.
Now a Conservative Government has come up with another solution for the so called non academic teenager.
But only this week another independent report questioned whether many of these apprenticeships are worth the paper they are printed on.
SO LETS FACE THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH WHICH HAS BEEN DAWNING ON YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN FOR SOME TIME.
The days of what is called upward social mobility are gone.
The efforts of post-war Labour Governments to make sure education was a route out of poverty and deprivation and lack of opportunity have been sabotaged.
And not only will today’s young people find it hard to escape into better jobs and careers.
They are doomed to remain trapped within the parental homes they were born into.
In more and more cases graduates are finding the housing market so impossibly expensive, whether they like it or not they end up living with their parents.
These are profound and worrying new trends agitating a rising generation and with serious consequences for their parents as well.
And that is why in the sensitive barometer of social change for the worse, young people have turned to Jeremy Corbyn.
Not because one man on his own can change things.
But because he gives every appearance of listening and being aware of all the turmoil in British life today.
Not a man of slogans and slick phrases like “The Northern Powerhouse” dreamed up by an advertising copywriter.
And if you would like to be part a listening party keen to hear the views of the young and act on them.
WHY NOT CONTACT US – WE WILL READY TO WELCOME YOU.
by Chris Perry