In June 2016, huge numbers of millennials campaigned on the Remain side in Britain’s EU referendum, and protested when the vote went the other way. From housing to higher education, young people have opinions and are not afraid to express them – often by angrily denouncing Baby Boomers who they think have undermined their economic security. The millennials have been radicalised, or have they? Support for the EU is hardly radical, then there’s the trend for ‘no platforming’ on university campuses, with student unions banning unpopular speakers from their debates, evidence that many millennials are in fact deeply conservative and averse to challenging ideas. So is millennial ‘radicalism’ anything more than a youthful endorsement of the status quo? Filmed at the Battle of ideas, the debate hots up as ‘influential millennials’ are challenged by both panel and audience. A must watch & share.
The speakers are: Richard Brooks, vice-president union development, National Union of Students; Emily Dinsmore, student & Free speech campaigner; Riham Mansour, community and welfare officer, LSE Students’ Union; Brendan O’Neill, editor, spiked; columnist, Big Issue; contributor, Spectator; author, A Duty to Offend: Selected Essays and Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner, director, Peter Tatchell Foundation. The chair is: George Hull, co-founder, Bloc, contributor, the Spectator