It was interesting to read in last week’s Journal about the ‘mock election’ held recently at the King’s School.
It was instructive to see that pupils are learning a bit about politics, but the ballot result makes me wonder how the subject is being taught.
In last week’s general election most young people voted overwhelmingly for Labour – 67 per cent of under 25-year-olds, plays a mere 18 per cent who voted Tory. So how could a sizeable chunk of young people at King’s –31 per cent – a majority of the King’s electorate, do the opposite and vote Conservative?
People who vote for Tories fall into one of two groups. One group comprise the privileged one per cent, or those who have aspirations to become one per centers. The other, much larger group comprises people who’ve been brainwashed into truly believing that Tories provide the best government – in spite of two centuries of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Brainwashing is an ongoing process requiring constant re-affirmation of basically unsupportable beliefs. This service is routinely supplied by our mainstream media. But the original programming, the original source of those unsupportable beliefs, is supplied when we are very young – at home, by the church, and in school.
Uppermost in these unsupportable beliefs is the view that our comfortable lives have been provided by Tories. This is untrue. Most of the comforts we enjoyed until very recent times – free university educations, abundant council housing, almost full employment, decent old age pensions, and our wonderful NHS, for example – were mainly provided by Labour governments responding to centuries of bitter struggle by the working class. Tories viciously resisted most of those developments, and for the last four decades Tories (including the pseudo-Tories Blair and Brown) have been doing their utmost to destroy them.
The fact that 31 per cent of the King’s electorate, who study at an allegedly fine school, are either unaware of these facts, or indifferent to them, is worrying. However, it was quite good to see that 40 per cent of the King’s electorate voted for the Greens or Labour. Brainwashing doesn’t always work on everyone.
Marratts Lane, Great Gonerby