Still feeling depressed about the general election result? Well get over it, because the resistance has already begun. And it’s no surprise which city is at the forefront of the rebellion: Liverpool.
On Saturday, a mass rave took place in the centre of the city, outside Primark on Church Street. It was billed as a ‘Fuck the Tories’ protest. And local youth turned out to express their contempt for Boris Johnson’s government:
Anti capitalist dance riot at the Fuck the Tories Street Rave Protest in Church Street, Liverpool. Saturday 4th January 2020. pic.twitter.com/liHnQDR50x
— EYH! Fanzine (@EYH_Fanzine) January 4, 2020
— anton newcombe (@antonnewcombe) January 4, 2020
— Emily (@EmMcchrystal) January 4, 2020
No-go for Tories
A recent study suggests a city seriously left behind, though, with Liverpool having the highest unemployment rate in the UK, at 19.8%.
This is how Liverpool voted at the 2019 general election:
Morning. ✊🏼 pic.twitter.com/uEdfoGV6yb
— Peter Guy (@Getintothis) December 13, 2019
According to one poll, meanwhile, if the vote across the UK had been confined to people aged between 18 and 24, the result would have been a wipeout in favour of Labour:
That was born out by other analysis. A Lord Ashcroft (Tory peer and financier) poll, for example, showed how Labour was far more supported by the young, whereas the Tories were heavily dependent on older voters:
Five years or more of the Johnson gang telling everyone what to do will be just too depressing. But it doesn’t need to be that way. Young people in particular can spread the resistance and fight back – through trade unions, mass gatherings, raves, and other means. And the people of Liverpool are proudly leading the way.
Featured image via Flickr – Phil Fiddyment
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