Dark days for the youth of today in the 2016 UK EU referendum | Tuppence Magazine

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The source is actually YouGov, rather than YouGove (ha ha) – but the information is damning.

The voice of the young has been overruled by the elderly in the EU referendum – and there are plenty of reasons not to be happy about it.

Remember the controversy over whether to allow 16 and 17-year-olds the vote on the issue, on the grounds that they will be among those most affected by the outcome? They weren’t allowed the vote.

Instead, the decision to leave lies very squarely with the people who are least likely to live with the consequences – older and downright elderly people who are unlikely to be affected by the economic turmoil they have unleashed on their sons, daughters and grandchildren for the sake of – what? – a false notion of patriotism.

If you are an older person who voted ‘Leave’, now your teenagers really do have a good reason to resent you.

Thanks to mum, dad and uncle Knobhead, the 2016 UK EU referendum has narrowly swung in the favour of the Leave campaign plunging the pound to a thirty five year low and the FTSE down by 3% at the time of writing. The most annoying set of stats released to-date though confirm that it’s the older portion of the British public that were the deciding factor with more of them in the Leave camp, despite the fact that their kids and grandkids voted much more in favour of remain.

It feels like dark days for the youth of today when they’ll have to put up with the decision for a hell of a lot longer than the rents. It’s hard to foresee the extent of the ramifications of the vote leave decision in the referendum. The economy has already shown signs of volatility and with the full exit still to come, along with the prospect of Scotland possibly going its own way in the long run, we’ll be very surprised if there isn’t more fallout still to come.

Recrimination aside, it’s incredibly concerning that such a resounding proportion of the younger generation are now going to be completely ignored as a result of the vote to leave. If that isn’t tough enough to take, the fact that it’s a decision that feels incredibly final and damning means that we may well be stuck with the dark days for a long time to come.

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13 thoughts on “Dark days for the youth of today in the 2016 UK EU referendum | Tuppence Magazine

  1. jeffrey davies

    without the EU we might have a chance of using more local labour but we have lost a whole generation of workers who are not trained as plumbers. carpenters, electricians etc due to EU manipulation. The reason we could accomodate so many people from outside the UK in jobs such as these and nursing/doctors is because our own children failed to get the same training as other countries did. It is also a well known fact that with China and other countries paying their workers so little (money you could not survive on in the UK) and subsidising, that they can import goods which we can fail to make for that price.

    The vote has shown which way the country wishes to go, now it is up to the politicians ( whose job it is) to clear our way forward and take us back into a democracy where we are not treated as the numbers the EU liked to know us by.

  2. Joan Edington

    Yet another go at the likes of myself, lumped together witha bunch of wee Englander, xenophobic crumblies. It’s as divisive as saying someone is a muslim therefore they must be a terrorist. The same thing was said after the 2014 referendum, when 16 and 17 year olds did get a vote, quite rightly in Scotland at least since that is the age of capacity there. I, and many like me, voted to Remain in the EU, but now might as well have been branded a knobhead in they eyes of English yoof.

  3. Christine Cullen

    I’m an “old person” of 68 and I voted Remain. I feel like I should wear a placard when I go out saying, “I apologise for my generation!” 🙁

  4. John Hall

    “least likely to live with the consequences”! Really Mike, you of all people should not be so generalist and offensive as to make sweeping statements like this. I used to agree with nearly everything you said, but your latest bias in the referendum show you to be just as narrow minded and shit-stirring as those you claim to work against. I did not vote to leave, but recognise the many reasons that people did so, and most of which weren’t racists or old people. Take note of what Corbyn and others with true intelligence say, do not continue this fight, join together and make it work.

  5. mohandeer

    The youngsters of today are far better informed than they were 40 years ago and should have been allowed a vote on such an important issue which specifically affects their future. I think the referendum was unfair on this basis alone, but the powers that be dismissed the 16 and 17 year olds, not allowing them any say in their own future is sad.

  6. Neilth

    When the younger generation go back in twenty years time begging to be let back in because the UK won’t be competing on the global stage they will be met with disdain and far harsher conditions of membership than those we’ve just thrown away and we will have had no contribution in the evolution of the European community.

  7. David Woods

    Strange how people seem to hate democracy when the vote doesn’t go their way!
    I voted after giving careful consideration of my 60 years of life’s experience, weighing up both pre and post EU; I’m sure a great many of the older generation did the same;
    Not all those who chose ‘leave’ are radical xenophobic racists, personally I don’t care what colour skin my neighbours have, I don’t care what name they call their ‘god’ or even if they don’t believe in one at all!
    I was raised to treat people as I wish to be treated by them, so far in my 60 years it has worked quite well!

    1. Joan Edington

      “I was raised to treat people as I wish to be treated by them,”.
      I hope you will be very happy with the way you are treated by the forthcoming Tory dictatorship. If you are not fairly wealthy, I hope you have your up-coming (or maybe not) pension well prepared for.

  8. yarmouthboy

    Very true. I voted IN for my grandkids and I am 74. Except for a few times, both campaigns concentrated on the negatives and neither of the campaign teams had young people on their megaphone shouting teams. Nor did they have any real female role models. All the celebrities allegedly signing up to one camp or the other were not really well promoted. It was left to Cameron mostly to urge IN and a lot of people just turn off when he sounds off as he has been known to “cry wolf” too many times.
    Then the oldies probably love Farage and Boris as larger than life characters and avidly read the Daily Mail. As Ricky Gervais has commented: ” It took the Referendum to show young people how much old people hate them” What a legacy.

    1. Joan Edington

      Yarmouthboy. At 74 don’t you consider yourself a bit of an oldie? Since the bands published only go as far as “over 65”, you’re well past the best by date. You say you voted to remain yet still take the divisive stance of blaming us “oldies”. I wouldn’t wipe my a*se with the Mail and despise both Boris and Farage. Why am I any different to you?

  9. NMac

    Well Mike, my family have bucked the trend. My 91-year-old mother voted to Remain and she is in despair over the result. My wife, my sister-in-law, brother-in-law and his relatives, all pensioners, voted Remain.

    I did some canvassing for the “Stronger In” campaign and I got feedback from a minority of people of all ages indicating they wanted to kick Cameron and his government and some even said it was an opportunity to get rid of Cameron. Whether my pleas with them not to use this to kick the government were successful, I don’t know, but I must presume they weren’t.

  10. Gary Aronsson

    You knew about the REFERENDUM 3 years in advance so let’s not pretend that young people had any excuse for failing to vote. I am sick and tired of their endless whining about the result and their demands that we vote again until they get their way,they lost because 66% of them couldn’t understand the mechanics of putting a CROSS in a BOX. Nobody that dim should be allowed to even have the vote in the first place never mind have their complaints about the result taken seriously. Then they start yapping on about democracy and demand that the wishes of the MINORITY should rule over the MAJORITY, absolutely priceless!

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