The General Election 2015 - people are actually realising what an absolute farce of a 'democracy' we live in. 37% of people over the age of 18 who voted, voted Conservative. 34% of the entire population didn't vote at all. Is that really what we call a majority? 37% of the people who got up off their backsides to walk around the corner to the polling station and put a cross in a box - because we all know what hard work voting is - voted for one party who are now our government for the next half a decade. Seriously though, how is that acceptable?
The age old complaint of 'if everyone bothered to understand politics and bothered to vote, then we might be in a much different situation' is very true, however, looking at the apathy on social media, it seems to me, that these people simply aren't interested in (or perhaps in some cases, just don't understand) politics. Many people don't have a natural interest in politics - and I mean why should they when politicians are full of crap and they make the same promises every five years. However, some of the people I've spoken to about the general election (regardless of class, gender, etc) genuinely didn't think there was any difference between the political parties, simply because they've never been taught about them. They might not read newspapers, they might not have been captivated by the televised debates and they might not engage in the national conversation via hashtags on Twitter, but that doesn't mean they don't have the same right as even one else to make an informed decision; the same right to a political education.
Schools should be teaching basic politics. The national curriculum includes algebra, Pythagoras' Theorem and Romeo and Juliet - so why doesn't it include a basic how-to of politics. The right to vote is a human right and the foundation of the idea of democracy. How is 37% of he vote a majority, enough to elect a government when almost the same amount of people didn't bother to vote than those who actually voted Conservative? The issue here isn't that the Conservatives were voted in, the issue is the massive amount of apathy, on a national level.
The lack of connection between the politicians and the masses has been commented on frequently during this general election, particularly - and rather ironically - in regards to the Conservatives; but what would happen if a normal person without an Eton education and a square life in preparation for being a politician, actually stood up and got involved? We all know they would be torn apart by allegations of sexual activities, drug or alcohol abuse, past statements or situations, basically torn apart for living a normal life, which is why we have Etonian career-politicians running the country. When will we ever learn?