General Election: Own Your Vote!

Hi all! It has been a while since I last blogged, with a very busy last few months. After finishing campaigning for the role of Education Officer in the student elections, I was fortunate enough to have been elected and will begin my role very shortly. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, which was full of fond memories with all of my amazing friends, as well as making a lot more connections. It was a week I will hold close to my heart for a very long time!

Speaking of politics, I am sure you are all aware of another elections upcoming, on a much larger scale, the General Elections? I am not here to argue for one party over the other, nor discuss what would be best for the UK, simply ask for the younger generation to go out on the 8th of June and Vote. Why? Emily Revess (One Young World Ambassador) reported in HuffPost UK (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/One-Young-World/young-voters_b_7231054.html, 2016) that 18 – 25 year olds are the age demographic that are least likely to vote in general elections and referendums. Yet, the younger generation and those to come, will be most affected by the changes in government policy. As unfortunately, we cannot all live forever. This is not to say that the political voice of the older generations are by no means less important to the minds of the youth, but it is an advantage that we all are share our thought on passion in what is personally, you believe is the best for the UK.

I am loathed to accept that our generation are too lazy, disinterested in politics or lacking in motivation to vote. It may be that the complexities of the political system may deter a number of people from being involved and importantly, finding their space in the political fog. All those that doubt us and our investment in politics, take a look at the number of student protest we participate in, signing partitions online, or negotiating national and global concerns via social media channels. One may ask, is the current political framework accommodating the younger generation sufficiently? Or should there be platforms provided that better manage and promote the younger generations in the political setting?

For example, original digital media platforms may invite and encourage engagement with this age demographic. Let’s face it, we like entry to forms, the cheeky Facebook quiz etc. to be nice and simple, as it is the day and age we live in and importantly, are used to. Therefore, technology and we based structures may invite the younger generation into the political field and sustain conversation. However, I appreciate that this is not easy and politicians are exploring different techniques to engage with younger voters. One must also keep in mind, that this young voter notion, encompasses a wealth of strength and diversity, in which we represent unique perspectives towards politics.

As a 25 year old on the cusp of this age demographic (sadly) we must recognise that we have more electoral power than we think. We have the opportunity to vote, which is a privilege in itself, yet absolutely right. I applaud those of this generation who are actively involved in the political landscape, driving forward initiatives for change that impact positively in our multicultural nation. Yet more needs to be done. For example, working in collaboration with one another, listening to one another stories and learning in the process; build bridges not walls. We need to make sure and show support in recognising our ability to shape British politics for the better. So come June 8th 2017, get up, show up and vote!

Thanks for reading folks!

Jon and guest blogger, Hannah 🙂

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