Here’s a list of interesting points about the beliefs of young Britons today, put together by the Economist in a recent leader.
Most young people believe…
1) Sexual preference and homosexuality are just non-issues. Young people in Britain really don’t care what others get up to at home – or even in public – and the government shouldn’t either. Gay marriage? Meh.
2) Mass immigration is something we should worry about. Facing appalling job prospects, young people are concerned that immigration is becoming a problem. All the same, they wish politicians wouldn’t keep banging on about it.
3) Less than 30 per cent of those under 35 think that welfare is one of Britain’s proudest achievements (compared to 61 per cent of post-WW2 baby boomers). They think Britain actually spends too much on welfare and support cutting down on the amount of government funding it gets.
4) Global warming is a biggie.
5) Tesco can rule the world if it wants, just so long as it still sells cheap food.
But few of them seem to vote…
Only 44% of those between 18 and 24 voted in the last general election. 55% of those between 25 and 34 did. The older people get, the more likely they are to vote.
As the Economist points out, “the average MP is 50 years old; the average councillor is 60; the average member of the House of Lords is 69.”
Perhaps because nobody represents British youth. The main political parties in the UK target the middle ages and elderly (because they actually turn out at polls), but ignore the young on a regular basis.
Interestingly, however, there is one politician who seems to be on the same page. He uses words like “wiff-waff” and phrases like “the Geiger counter of Olympomania”. He also has the most ridiculous hairstyle.
Apparently, London’s charismatic and utterly eccentric intellectual mayor, Boris Johnson, is a hit with young people, who are obviously less PC than their parents if they enjoy references to female volleyball players as “glistening wet otters.”
He certainly stole the show when Britain applauded its Olympic athletes:
Bottom line: but will he stand for PM?