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.

Oh No.

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.


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.


by Chris Perry


Having received my first letter on 16th September – The Review and the Consultation Period of the East Riding Yorkshire Council Libraries.

I decided to ring my union – Unison, on the question of the letter received by all library staff on the review of the libraries, looking to make savings over all in the council, a savings of £74 million.

Unison weren’t too sure why the window was so big of the first consultation letter from 29th Sept 2015 to 21st December 2015. I told them it was to gather the views both from the staff, library users and non-library users.

I asked Unison; I would like to know where I stand as a member of staff. Unison said, I would have to wait for the next round of letters before they could answer that question but it is likely they will be looking for redundancies and more so if you are over 55 years that way you can access your pension, and it is also likely they will ask for redundancies, reduce staffing hours and days.

Well lets speculate and have ground covered for awareness. I will not be 55 for another few years and I will not be able to collect my pension. I do have responsibilities towards my money, I will need to work and I couldn’t think of nicer place to work but in a library, amongst books – books been the first point of call in a library.

The multi functioning of the libraries to make savings only devalues the libraries; to put libraries in with other buildings, such as leisure centres, or closing the smaller library and only having the larger libraries makes them look like they are more of a business and makes private businesses think perhaps profit could be made on this public service. This in turn would have a knock on effect in publishing and purchase power will determine what books will be in the libraries and users may feel they are not getting their monies worth and this will lessens libraries more in the community.

According to the Public Libraries and Museum Act 1964, every local authority will provide a library and now with devolution on the agenda, I do wonder how that will broaden the parliamentary act?

Johanna Boal

East Riding Library Staff