Wednesday 20 September 2017

Pied Piper Corbyn 'wins' emoji election as the youthquake rumbles

In the wake of the UK terror attacks and last Thursday's election result, Bryony Gordon wonders if too much is being made of the inter-generational divide among voters

Corbyn inspired a new generation of younger and first time voters. Photo: Getty Images
Corbyn inspired a new generation of younger and first time voters. Photo: Getty Images

Bryony Gordon

Forgive me for being somewhat facetious, given the political landscape we find ourselves in, but I can't help smiling at the image of Jeremy Corbyn as the Pied Piper of Brexit-land, leading the children to a beautiful world where debt is wiped out and everyone gets a free HMV voucher (Or whatever it is young people are incentivised with these days. I have no idea; I will be 37 next month).

Anyway, the so-called youthquake is said to be responsible for Corbyn only losing the election by just under 60 seats, as opposed to the 60,000 predicted when Theresa May had the bright idea of calling a snap election without consulting a single member of her cabinet.

I don't know about you, but I woke yesterday morning from my 45-minute sleep with a real sense of optimism and hope. What a country we live in!

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