Liz Truss reckons young people are too right wing for Jeremy Corbyn
Apparently youngers are not all 'sandal-wearing Corbynistas' after all.
Last year Liz Truss tried to make Conservatism hip again by talking up microwave meals and Instagram, while doubling down on cringeworthy claims about the excellence of the gig economy.
A few months later, the cabinet minister and self-declared thrillseeker who likes to embrace the chaos is at it again.
“Young people are going off Jeremy Corbyn even faster than his own MPs are,” she claims in a speech today.
Has Truss clocked that young people are overwhelmingly opposed to Brexit and the Labour leader is refusing to act on their concerns?
Of course not ! The born-again Brexiteer is more interested in research showing an 85% jump in the number of entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 24 compared to 2015. Truss appears to have concluded from this stat that young people are against things like taxing the rich and regulating the gig economy and mainly interested in starting up their own businesses.
She says: “This is the most self-starting, business minded generation ever, and all Corbyn offers is high taxes and more state control….
“We now have an army of high achievers brimming with ambition, and with the drive to shape their own futures. We’re told by Labour that they’re all sandal-wearing Corbynistas, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“Research shows the young are more interested in making money than older generations and are less likely to support higher taxes. And it’s Conservatives, not the red-flag-waving Marxists, that are helping them succeed.”
Of course, some might not recognise the Tory MP’s depiction of young people as business-obsessed right-wingers. But it could have been worse.
At least she didn’t call them “Uber-riding, Deliveroo-eating, Airbnb-ing freedom fighters” this time…