IN what may be a belated bid to wrest Britain's young voters away from the embrace of Jeremy Corbyn, the Tories are working on a plan to slash student loan rates.

But is it all too late, even though the next election seems unlikely before 2022, if the Tories can hold out that long?

For years, the major parties have done little to exploit the youth vote, regarding it as a waste of time, effort and money since young people have a history of using their votes exceedingly sparsely.

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Better, both parties said, to concentrate their campaigning on elderly voters who regularly traipse along to the polling stations.

However, Mr Corbyn demonstrated, during his impressive election campaign last spring, that young voters can be persuaded to vote in large numbers. It was they who gave Labour a much better outcome than most expected.

The Tories' student loan plan may help them, but young voters will probably regard it as a cynical ploy to get them to change their minds.

And in any event, most young voters are far more likely to support Labour than the Tories, even if they change their minds as they grow older.

HELP is at hand for insomniacs. It comes in the form of Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit Secretary.

His speech on the second reading debate of the Brexit Withdrawal Bill last week was a masterpiece of incomprehensible legalistic jargon and claptrap.

Coming from a barrister, I suppose this is not surprising, but Starmer, who is emerging as one of the greatest parliamentary bores for many years, seems to have failed to take on board that addressing the House of Commons is very different from addressing a jury in a court of law.

Even Starmer's boss, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, seemed to have some difficulty keeping his eyes open as he pursued his tortuous course. His speech was a master-class on how not to do it, and the only people he swayed were those who had difficulty remaining upright in their seats.

A PLAY has been written about Enoch Powell, possibly the most demonised politician of his generation. The actor, Ian McDiarmid, who plays Powell, claims he was not a racist, but that whenever he spoke about immigration, his principal concern was about numbers of those coming into the UK.

I got to know Powell quite well. I remember once sneaking into an MPs-only lift in the House of Commons. It stopped at the next storey and, to my dismay, in stepped Powell

He took a long, hard look at the “this lift is for the use of MPs only” sign and then took an equally long, hard look at me, and commented: "I must have missed the by-election.”

"GEOFFREY BOYCOTT has still got my Tupperware." This extraordinary claim by the Prime Minister refers to an occasion when she gave the former England batsman some homemade brownies.

May, an avowed cricket fan, is a particular admirer of Boycott, even though he stirred up a lot of dissent in the Yorkshire dressing room when he was captain.

Ironically, the Prime Minister is experiencing the same kind of problem over Brexit among some of her own Tory colleagues in the Commons, including some quite senior figures.

Perhaps Boycott, when he returns the Tupperware, can advise her on how to sort it all out.