Originally posted by CB Saint
Hasn’t this always been the case.
Unis have been a rich hunting ground for labour for as long as I can remember. Then they get into the real world and their attitudes change as the grow older and gain experience
I think what's changed, both with the Leave position in the EU referendum and the Labour Party, is the expansion of the franchise. On June 23rd 2016, there were thousands of people at polling stations asking how it was you actually voted.
The same thing has happened in Labour. I joined for the first time in 2012, eventually doing the offs because they wanted to run a general election campaign without offering anything concrete on an EU referendum. The party then, in Wavertree Liverpool, was a mixed of wide-eyed Blair zealots and people that had their political views trampled on so many times they'd stopped caring. They knew how the party machinery worked. They knew they couldn't change it.
The difference in the 2017 general election couldn't have been more pronounced. Those Blairites were all over the party. We had the coup the year before, which couldn't have helped. There were reports that the likes of Iain McNicol deliberately defunded marginal campaigning, and given the way the same party apparatus tried to keep Corbyn off the 2016 ballot, actually going to court, it would be no surprise whatsoever.
And do you know what? (as JC might say).
It didn't matter. It mattered to the extent that we did not get a majority, but we did retain those marginals. While McNicol was busy defunding marginals, Momentum put up a site called "Where's my nearest marginal?". Labour members of all stripes flocked to them.
I'll always remember where I was at 21:30 on June 8th. I was in a hastily-commandeered leisure centre, repurposed to serve as campaign headquarters. We'd had initial reports from the wards come in. Margaret Greenwood had a majority of 430 in 2015, and it seemed that we'd smashed it. Margaret herself was weeping genuine tears of joy.
That's the difference scale makes.