- 05 Sep 17
The strong showing of both Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn was a result of a new militancy on the part of students. All that – and why Latin is still cool...
Students on both sides of the Atlantic have this year turned the tide of ideas towards the left.
This runs counter to the conventional wisdom that undergraduate militancy is long-gone, a distant memory from times when students might march towards the golden future, fists scarcely unclenched from one weekend to another. I recall the late Paddy Lynch and myself, awol from Queen’s, slumped on the Piccadilly Line regretting the night before.
“Hey,” asked Paddy, suddenly alert as we neared Hyde Park, “What is it this week?” (Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau, as it happens, a triplet which doesn’t trip off the tongue as lightly as way back then.) Nowadays, we are invited to believe, personal ambition has displaced communal solidarity as the driving force of activity on the campi (from the Latin campus: think cacti, radii, alumni.)