The other day I wondered what was driving left-wing success in local body elections. I wonder if it’s a combination of things:
- Decline of traditional media. Younger demographics (<50) especially are getting their news online, and mostly about celebrities and kittens instead of about local politics and local politicians. So they feel less informed and less invested in outcomes.
- People tend to vote on the basis of social and/or group identity, rather than policy or ideology, and that privileges the left-wing candidates affiliating with political parties – even though nationally those parties are quite unpopular – as opposed to right wing candidates running as independents who have no identity affiliation.