TalkRADIO host Mike Graham has hit out at “bed-wetting, limp-wristed” young people for supporting socialism.
According to new polling by the Institute of Economic Affairs some 75 per cent of young Brits think socialism is a “good idea”, with many looking to Jeremy Corbyn as a ‘spiritual leader’ amid a left-wing revival.
Discussing the results with Dr Kristian Niemietz on his show, Graham said: “I assume these are the same over-privileged middle-classes that sang Jeremy Corbyn’s name at Glastonbury.”
Dr Niemietz responded: “Yes Corbyn’s name also, unfortunately, does come up.
“He is also one of the most common associations with the term socialism.
“Which shows you that this is really a continuation of this Corbynista movement.
“The Corbynmania that we saw break out in 2015 and then the Glastonbury chants.
“It just shows he is now more of a spiritual leader.
“He may no longer technically be the Leader of the Opposition but he is a bit more like Kim Il-Sung is for North Korea.”
“So he could be the Islington Dalai Lama,” joked Graham.
“Yes that combined with a romantic revolutionary figure,” replied Dr Niemietz.
Graham’s response provoked the ire of leftwing columnist Owen Jones on social media.
Jones penned on Twitter: “One of the biggest political narratives of our time is that younger people who mostly privately rent, are saddled with debt.
“Often in precarious and low-pad jobs – are all middle class.
“While older people – many of whom own their homes outright – are all working class.”
Ash Sarkar also took umbrage to the claims, asking: “Do you genuinely think that 75 per cent of young people are ‘over-privileged’ and ‘middle class’? Is that actually numerically possible?”
A study by the Institute of Economic Affairs reveals 75% of young Britons think socialism is "a good idea".— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) July 6, 2021
Mike: "I assume these are the same over-privileged middle-classes that sang Jeremy Corbyn's name at Glastonbury."@Iromg | @iealondon | @K_Niemietz pic.twitter.com/5d8omgJ23Z