Yesterday I found out that our Prime Minister is choosing to neglect millions of his people. 18-24-year-olds are an almost untouched population of potential voters. They're people, they're our future, and they seem to be utterly valueless to our government. Perhaps partly to blame are his advisors, who were quoted last year to focus on the grey vote rather than the young.
I first met Mike Sani in 2014 and since then I've been working with his team to strategise the movement he created. He's the visionary behind Bite the Ballot (BTB), an initiative genuinely empowering young people to get involved and up to speed in the world of politics.
To involve the millions of 18-24-year-olds out there, BTB created an event called Leaders Live in partnership with ITV News and Twitter. The event has been a success, and they've reached hundreds of thousands if not millions of young people through an outstanding level of support from celebrities and other influencers. Ed Miliband, Natalie Bennet, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have all attended the event, hosted by Mike Sani himself. At the events party leaders take questions from young people live online, filmed at ITN.
David Cameron was invited to Leaders Live as the head of a party, not the leader of a country. Bite the Ballot's event is an opportunity for young people to get a glimpse of politicians without the bullshit. Live Twitter statistics on the show act as a barrier to them waffling on like they might do in any other interview. David Cameron's crafty postponing, and now full blown refusal to engage with Bite the Ballot is representative of his unwillingness to hear millions of voices, crying out for a fair democracy.
#WeWantMore from you, David! Young people are itching to get involved. And if the youth is disillusioned with government then make an effort to awaken them! Everyone cares about the issues that politics can address; we just need our leaders to have enough respect for us to encourage our outrage to be channeled into political change.Suggest a correction