“They f*ck you up, your mum and dad,
Your gran and grandpa, aunty too,
Pensions, housing, jobs: no fees;
And then vote Tory just for you.
But they were f*cked up in their turn,
By Hitler, War and Empire views,
They had Attlee, Bevan’s NHS,
Before Thatcher turned the welfare screws.
Man hands on misery to man,
They do it through the ballot box,
F*ck you children, it’s your fault,
Unless you’re willing to place a cross.
(Apologies to Philip Larkin).
“Around 75% of people aged 65 and over will vote in this election; unless something thunderously radical happens in the next six weeks, only around 42% of 18- to 24-year-olds will do the same. The over-65s coming out to vote and the under-24s staying in has been the norm for the past few decades. This is why we’re now all hearing so much about the pros and cons of the triple lock on pensions, but absolutely nothing about student fees and housing benefit”. (Armando Ianucci).
The best argument for voting is Bevan’s NHS. Kids are seeing the hard won victories of proper Labour being killed off.