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Chris McGovern: Corbyn’s surge has its roots in the classroom


Only eight per cent of teachers expressed an intention to vote Conservative in a survey carried out by The Times Educational Supplement (TES) shortly before the general election. 68 per cent committed themselves to Labour. Given that teachers are the politically correct conduit through which many children learn to view the world, the Conservative Party should be alarmed.

The future looks even bleaker for the Tories if another TES survey, just published, is taken into account. The newspaper collated the results of the many mock elections conducted by schools up and down the country. Only 15 per cent of pupils voted Conservative with 76 per cent going for Labour. “The future has spoken,” announced the teachers’ newspaper, “and politicians would be wise to sit up and take notice.” They would, indeed, and most of all the Tories!

In recent decades, schools have become the extreme Left’s main vehicle for re-shaping society. The Tories do not seem to have understood that the first step in creating a social and a socialist revolution is to get to the kids. They have never fully understood the extent to which the school system indoctrinates children and how that system is consistently hijacked by opponents of the Conservatives.

As a consequence of their ‘education’, the younger generation is disproportionately anti-Brexit, anti-Tory and pro-Corbyn. The huge increase in the Labour vote owed a lot, it seems, to idealistic youngsters who see Jeremy as something of a Messiah with the added bonus that he will get rid of tuition fees.

Corbyn is the ‘good guy’ whose status rises the more he comes under fire from those whom teachers are inclined to identify as the ‘baddies’ of the Right. “We learnt all about that sort of bias in our history lessons at school” is the riposte in defence of Corbyn.

Intellectuals on the Right have been too ready to fall back on the old quip that we have no heart if we are not liberal-minded in our youth and no brain if we are not conservative-minded by the time we grow up. This excuse for the Tories failure to win over many young voters will no longer suffice. In the battle for hearts and minds among the younger generation, the complacency of Tory patricians was never enough and it is certainly not enough, now.

The young generation of Corbynistas is not planning to ‘grow out’ of its infantile idealism any time soon. On the contrary, it is busy in our schools cultivating the next generation of acolytes and, indeed, looking to the generation after that, too.

The conversion of young people to Corbyn’s cause is a source of celebration for the educational establishment, the Blob. All it has stood for, all it has fought for, all it has held sacred for years, has triumphed. As Wordsworth noted about another revolution – “Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven!”

Britain’s youth is on the move in the direction dictated to it by the Pied Pipers of the Blob. And if the Tories wish to get a flavour of the opposition they face the should read the words of a prophet of the young, Russell Brand. He has 12 million Twitter followers. “I really respect Jeremy Corbyn…”, he told NME. “He’s not doing it for the fellatio and grandiosity…[but] Maybe you’ll vote Conservative because you like Theresa May’s new hair-do and look forward to Armageddon”. In his Huffington Post blog, Russell added that voting Tory would be an act of “sadomasochism”.

And how has the Tory government respond to their arch-enemy’s posturing? Why, they have overseen his inclusion on the new A-Level for English.

The TES is right. The future has spoken and the ‘momentum’, in every sense of the word is with Jeremy. The future belongs to them.

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Chris McGovern
Chris McGovern
Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education. A retired head teacher with 35 years’ teaching experience, Chris is a former advisor to the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street under two Prime Ministers.

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