Centrism is Dead

When Jeremy Corbyn won his first leadership election, the Labour Party was still reeling from Miliband’s crushing defeat. We saw a manifesto from Ed Miliband that was centre-left and too cautious. It was rejected by the people. When Mr Corbyn came along, we saw a leader with radical left-wing views and we laughed in his face at them.

“He’ll never lead us to victory!” We cried.

Well, it seems everyone was wrong about that in a roundabout way.

While Labour didn’t win or lose the election, they did very well. Corbyn won the largest swing of the vote to Labour since 1945 and gained 30 seats. That is a clear embrace of the left-wing politics put forward by Labour. And it was young people who voted overwhelmingly for it.

As a former shadow cabinet member told me on the night of the election, winning was “never on the cards” but “we have set the agenda”.

No more tuition fees, no more tax cuts for the rich, no more selective education and no more privatisation is what the country was offered and what the country warmed to. And it was young people who voted overwhelmingly for it.

The centre is dead now. And young people in particular will bury it.