Without the endless twitter memes, parliament gossip and awkward interviews we’d probably all go insane. In 2016, someone hacked Jeremy Corbyn’s twitter account and in a mischievous scheme, attacked David Cameron, calling him of all things, a “pie”. It might just be my new favourite insult.
Humour is very much needed at times like these; the period of time surrounding the 2016 EU referendum was just that catastrophic; not to mention the lies and scandals leading up to the June 8th election. But in all seriousness, this is a time that we all need to work together to bring about the best outcome for our country by voting, regardless of what your personal views are.
What is said a lot of the time: “The election won’t affect me anyway”
Politics essentially revolves around how society lives, how decisions about how we live are made and who makes those decisions. This election will affect you, where you live, what you buy, and if that still doesn’t motivate you enough… your children (?), your parents, your grandparents, the elderly homeless man on the next street and the homeless refugee you saw on that documentary.
Beware of headlines such as, “Conservatives on course to LOSE London seats as Corbyn catches up to May, poll shows” as they can make Labour voters complacent, creating a “my vote won’t make a difference if we’re already winning” rhetoric. The same premise goes for the opposite side.
What’s positive and uplifting, unlike the campaigns of certain parties in particular, is the fact that over 90,000 18-24 year olds registered to vote on the 21st May (which was deadline day), having been inspired by some new voices within politics. As much as we’d all like to have our own way, the process of voting for your party is not always about winning. So even if your party doesn’t win the overall election, but they win more seats than they did in previous elections, it still signals progression and a larger presence within the government. It’s a slow and lengthy process but it is about shaping the future for young people. As long as the opposition party has a considerable number of seats, they’ll be in a better position to question the decisions of the party in power.
I’ve tried to make this post as unbiased as possible, whether I was successful or not is questionable. But if you do want to read up on recent political news a bit more, below are both of the major parties manifestos…
Okay, fair enough – they are quite long winded. But there are plenty of other resources online.
I was also interviewed by a passionate Buzzfeed journalist named Victoria Sanusi. It was an overview of a De Cafe or “Democracy Cafe”, which was held at Starbucks on Great Marlborough Street. Aside from the free coffee and cake (bribery will get you everywhere), it was great to debate and talk about the issues really affecting us with other people who care about discussing what is wrong with society. (They didn’t really bribe us, it was a nice gesture which came with being a part of their event). Whilst it was a great event to attend, most people I spoke to were there because they wanted to be, already had a basic understanding of how the voting system works at the very least and were already planning to vote. It would be amazing to have more events like this accessible to a younger age group, teens who are disengaged and don’t understand why they should care about politics.
I hope this post has made you consider politics in a slightly more positive way, and that it has helped you to acknowledge your power and potential. Ultimately, it all starts with a vote.