One of the big reasons why Corbyn won, was because he motivated young voters to engage and become not only involved in the political debate but managed to actually get them to participate on the day to vote as well.
This is true inspiration.
Corbyn didn’t need online voting with the shallowness of a social media like or retweet, he actually put together policy that directly impacted the lives of students and young people and inspired them to believe their vote could change the election.
They did, it did and Corbyn now has engaged young activists who have tasted real democratic power and the hope of change.
Corbyn lost the battle, but he has won the war.
So who in NZ could benefit from a Corbyn Youthquake?
The Young Nats are a club of white privilege and have built a formidable University presence around the country, but anyone outside that privilege bubble isn’t going to care about the National Party. Youth were excited by Key because he was the rich Dad a nation of solo mothered children never had. Bill English has none of the smarmy charm of Key’s dorky Dad routine and English isn’t mobbed by teens wanting selfies when he walks about.
So the Nats I think lose a lot of their youth vote attraction and they offer sweet bugger all in terms of policy. I give them 2/10 for creating a possible Youthquake.
You just can’t underestimate the popularity that Jacinda has created with the youth vote. She’s a totally different generation from most other politicians and young people see her as their ambassador in the halls of power. Her prominence in Labour’s election advertising is purposely done because she rates through the roof. She will bring an enormous youth vote that simply hasn’t had someone they identify with promoted with such prominence in an election campaign before.
Add to this some election policy that will make a real impact in the lives of students and young people and Labour has a real opportunity to create a Corbyn Youthquake.
Yes they have become painfully middle class, but by promoting such incredibly talented young women into top positions on their Party list, the Greens are the best positioned political party to generate and build a Corbyn Youthquake. The Greens have a huge social media footprint, but have failed in the past to turn that into political muscle on the day, the new blood Greens walk in with massive social media credibility and the ability to motivate.
The policy is too value based without enough retail specifics but they have the authenticity through their candidates to create real momentum. The challenge will be to go beyond the middle class university class to see the full promise of their appeal to youth, but you would have to give the Greens 9/10 for a Corbyn Youthquake.
NZ First: 5/10
First time voters in the provinces seem to love Winston. He has an old school charm that appeals to them. I didn’t believe this could be true but speaking with people who have been with him on these tours, and there is a small chunk of young people there waving the NZ First flag. I think this is a provincial thing, so would limit NZ Firsts youth appeal to the provinces, but it seems to be genuine.
NZ First will have sweet bugger all to offer your people in terms of policy, but Winston will appeal to first time voters in the provinces. Voting NZ First is about as rebellious as the children of National Party voters get.
I will accept that 1 out of 100 youth voters is a psychopath so acknowledge that ACT could at least get that vote.
I refuse to accept that any 18 year old would ever vote for United.
Maori Party: 6/10
Maori have a huge percentage of youth as voters so the Maori vote is a young vote. Marama Fox has a large and loyal following and the above T-shirt design which you can buy sums up her very authentic support.
Hone has a very large youth appeal up North, and MANA draws a lot of its Party support from young people sick of the current economic settings. MANA Policy is probably closer to Corbyn’s manifesto than any other Political Party. His 6/10 is limited to just Te Tai Tokerau.
Ask first time voters what the big issue is and cannabis reform comes back agains and again. For young people it sums up the hypocrisy of society and it makes them realise they are criminals, reform for them is a serious issue. As the only party offering anything genuinely revolutionary means TOP could have a really weird yet strong appeal to the youth vote.
Young people are the largest untapped voter pool in 2017. If they could comprehend the true power they and those who didn’t vote have, we could change this Government several times over. For that to happen though, the Left have to offer real policy to those voters, that’s how Corbyn won them over.