Well, obviously

Candidates supported by Momentum, the group set up to support Jeremy Corbyn inside Labour, have swept the board in the party’s youth elections.

All 18 seats up for election were won by candidates backed by the grassroots group, in a sign that the party’s left is increasing its influence internally.

The results, published on Thursday, come one week before Young Labour’s annual conference in Scarborough, where party moderates and Momentum will battle it out for a crucial seat on Labour’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee (NEC).

Party leader Corbyn currently has the support of a slim majority of members of the NEC.

Thursday’s results, for seats on Young Labour’s national committee and for youth positions on the party’s regional boards, saw candidates that were supported by Momentum elected in every region.

There was a poor turnout with only 3.5% of those eligible to vote taking part in the online ballot. A total of 50,926 party members under the age of 27 were eligible to take part in the election.

The only three and a half people who would even bother to vote in such elections would be the Teenage Trots.

Just as back in the days of the FCS. Once the young conservatives were no longer the marriage bureau for the bourgeoisie the only people who belonged were the weirdos (Guido anyone?). Seriously, normal “youth” don’t do politics, not unless that’s where all the babes are.

28 thoughts on “Well, obviously”

  1. I remember a long discussion at Samizdata about this years ago; the reason we are led by weirdos is a career path that selects weirdos, since they are the ones in the University political societies, when everyone else is out getting laid.

    Or to put that in two words, “Ed Miliband”.

  2. Well Tim, they fucking well should, given the colossal tide of evil that politics produces.

    If the worlds youth spent just slightly less time worrying about working their sex organs and just a little more time and effort warding off evil and tyranny the world would be a much better place. And the last 100 years would not have looked like a sit-com played in a working slaughterhouse.

    Call it anti-politics. The young ensuring their own future and that of the products of their sexual activities by taking a little time to destroy the real politicals–vile shite who scheme to lord it over other. A turd like Corby being a prime example.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    We are so f**ked if the future belongs to future political leaders who prefer a good committee meeting to getting rat ar$ed and shagging some English Lit students.

    Errr, I see Ian B sort of got there before me. What he said.

  4. Well, it’s been a couple of decades since I was seriously involved in “politics”, but clearly things have got worse. It was mainly shagging when I was in the YC’s 🙂

  5. Actually Tim this is a coup. Labour youth elections used to be won by on-message intellectually vacant dead eyed party hacks clamouring for a career as an MP.

    Putting the hack faced hacks on their bums is quite amusing

  6. They won’t get laid in the youth wing; but if they gain even a snifter of power, it’s catnip to the ladies. Even Ed Miliband had a small legion of young female admirers as the election approached (when it looked like he might at least form a coalition).

    Tactically it makes sense: if you know you’re not going to get laid based on your personality or charm, power is your only chance.

  7. Anyone turned on by radical politics surely only needs to hold a mental picture of Corbyn and Abbott making the beast of two backs to be put off for life.

  8. There was a bloke we nicknamed The Scotch Egg at university – small, weedy, bespectacled, laden with dandruff and passionately Socialist to the point of being literally unintelligible when in full flow. He’s probably an MP by now.

  9. In my first university term I went along to some Conservative meetings. They did have quite a few pretty girls. The rest was boring, except for one incident that was downright offensive. Their one real merit was that they weren’t the fucking Labour Party.

  10. I went along to a gathering of young Conservatives when I was at university, or shortly after I left. It was made up of people who were from wealthy parentage but hopelessly, uselessly dim and boring beyond belief, and one or two people who were quite charismatic and led the group but got rip-roaring, leglessly drunk and were openly homosexual to the point they acted as if they were in a gay nightclub in Phuket. One of the boring ones, who was also gay, told me things are much the same in the Labour association and even worse in the Lib Dem one. These people would be an MP’s age by now. A year or two later I left the UK for Kuwait, where they quite sensibly don’t have representative democracy.

  11. A friend who stood for Parilament used to like to say:

    “‘Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac’. And Henry Kissinger said that, and if he was getting any it must be true, because he was butt-ugly.”

  12. I never went along to any form of student politics – because I’d seen the kind of people who were involved. The Tories were braying opinionated poshos, the Labourites were earnest seethers and the others were largely non-existent. That’s the kind of person we now have as MPs. *despairs*

  13. @Andrew M
    Power or money are the alternatives. The only issue with money is that most people can only afford to hire by the hour whilst the truly wealthy can hire by the marriage.

  14. @BraveFart:

    I think we should stop using the term “radical” for re-re-re-re-re-hashed 100-year old nonsense. It’s old, it’s boring, it was old and boring even 2 or 3 runs ago.

    In fact, it’s deeply conservative (small-C) in many ways, since it’s so unresistant to change or to experience.

  15. Mr Ecks said
    “f the worlds youth spent just slightly less time worrying about working their sex organs and just a little more time and effort warding off evil and tyranny the world would be a much better place. And the last 100 years would not have looked like a sit-com played in a working slaughterhouse.”

    Go count the distribution of folk working for the election of Mr. Sanders. I have this horrid suspicion that they are “all” young and terribly enthusiastic.

    That’s what you get when you encourage yoof to play politics…

  16. The basic youth problem in my opinion is that in their 20s youth that lean more towards right wing (by which I mean conservative or libertarian) politics are more interested in self-development: whether careers, dating/family, gaining useful skills through education, learning to save/invest etc. as well as other interests in personal “enjoyment”. Left leaning youth are more interested in changing others rather than themselves and as such have a much greater interest in politics.

  17. BlokeinTejas:”That’s what you get when you encourage yoof to play politics…”

    Which is why I used the word “anti-politics”.

  18. My mum was a Young Conservative and a Young Farmer, but this was the 1950s so she was only there for the balls, because they had the best balls in the county.

    Part of the problem here is a class thing, it seems to me. Much of the modern middle class are socially retarded. I am always reminded of a description of Jacqui Smith’s university days published in the press when she was Home Secretary, of her and some other girls in the “dorm” playing a “consequences” type game, giggling in their pyjamas. This is the kind of thing you’d associate with 12 year olds who are sitll thrilled by naughty words, and a far cry from the debauchery one should expect from University age adults.

    I despair of the current elite class. They don’t have the class of the old aristocracy, or the gumption and ethics of the old middle class. They’re just shit. Shit we pay for.

  19. Bloke in Costa Rica

    I went along to a couple of Conservative Society things at Imperial. The members were a mix of Hooray Henry knob-ends and down-at-heel grammar schoolboys on the make (i.e. today’s cabinet in miniature). It was pretty grim. They did, however, lay on a selection of buckshee booze that would have drowned a Himalayan yak, of which I freely partook.

  20. Tactically it makes sense: if you know you’re not going to get laid based on your personality or charm, power is your only chance.

    Politics has been described as “Hollywood for ugly people”, pretty much, can’t fault that.

    The great thing about this Momentum takeover of Labour is that it’s all been done before, except last time it was Militant and it failed.

    This time it looks like it will succeed and in so doing shove Labour down the long and winding road to utter irrelevance.

    I wish they would bloody well get on with it.

  21. So Much For Subtlety

    Flatcap Army – “I never went along to any form of student politics – because I’d seen the kind of people who were involved. …. That’s the kind of person we now have as MPs. *despairs*”

    So basically it is your fault? If you had stuck it we might have at least one normal-ish person to vote for.

    I would call you a [email protected] at this point but I remember Ecky Thump so I won’t.

    (Mind you I am keeping very quiet as I was …. a …. member …. of ….. the …. Y o u n g …. L i b e r a l s but in my defence it was a very different organisation.)

  22. At the risk of being called a weirdo I was involved in local (mostly local government) politics before I went to university. I joined all three (Con, Lab Lib) political clubs in my first term. I dropped out because there were so childish. I stayed with the “Liberal Party Group” which was an intelligent (well, up to a point) discussion group affiliated to the Liberal Club – in three years they never realised that I was a paid-up member of the Conservative back home – but they were the next best thing for an intelligent discussion to my fellow-mathematician who was the Hon Sec of the Communist Club

  23. I joined the Champagne Socialists at Oxford because they did have champagne parties. Doesn’t seem to exist any more, sadly.

  24. We had the Monster Raving Loony society at my uni. They didn’t really bother with any of that policy bollocks, just had a good time.

    One way was to produce a magazine called “Capitalist Layabout”, and then give it away for free in front of the Socialist Workers selling theirs.

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