Michał Kolanko: The Left starts with the young – Analizy


“The future is now” – this was the slogan of the Left’s first convention in the new political season in 2021 on Saturday. This season within the opposition is a race for ideas, ideas and approaches. The Left starts with young people, who also have many in their ranks. In the Sejm, but not only.

The left wing started differently than the PO, PSL or Szymon Hołownia. At the very beginning, Robert Biedroń emphasized that it is not about splitting the skin on the bear. This is a clear reference to the Civic Platform convention two weeks ago, when Borys Budka and Rafał Trzaskowski presented the PO’s political plan. The left wing, on the other hand, focuses on young people, because – according to a recent CBOS poll (it was presented at the convention) – they are going left. Of course, this may mean, above all, being anti-PiS, but the foundation is here.

This makes the Left’s approach more natural. On Saturday, apart from its leaders, there were mainly young people who talked about problems, challenges and crises in Poland from the perspective of young people. From women’s rights to housing, education, climate, work and junk contracts. It was all at this convention. Presented by young people who are reliable in such spheres.

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An important motive in these speeches was the protest – not only the climate one, but above all the one triggered by the decision of the Constitutional Tribunal of October 22, 2020. The left wing is credible in this sphere, and its deputies, such as Magdalena Biejat or Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk, are liaisons between the street and the Sejm. Today, the first trend resonated well for the Left (and not only).

Investing in young people is a long-term activity. But even today, the opposition game is just such a longer race than a short-distance sprint. About 30 months remain until the election deadline. The Left focuses on young people, unlike PO (political project – coalition 276), Hołownia (the Sejm and the affairs of the Church as the first program area) or PSL (direction for entrepreneurs).

The only question is whether the Left’s ideas for solving the problems discussed by the young people on Saturday will also resonate during this race. This will, inter alia, determine who the young people will indicate as their spokespersons or spokesmen at the ballot boxes. One thing is certain: The Left has already indicated its direction. Politics is just like life. You can’t get anywhere without giving directions.


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