A University professor who would put a sign on his door saying "Away Fighting The Forces of Capitalism" when he was out of office once told me that the reason populism tends to pool around reactionary right-wing ideas is that the motivations for, and expected benefits of left-wing ideologies are less easily quantifiable and thus harder to express.
The Scottish independence referendum was proof that a positive campaign, engaging rather than side-lining young people, will inspire people of all ages to vote. The major political parties have forgotten this... But there is an alternative.
I think we can now officially call this the 'stalemate election'. Even the introduction of Boris has failed to break the shackles. The two main parties have been wheeling out all their 'big guns' in the last couple of weeks to no effect. And who do they have left? Does anyone at Tory HQ even have the mobile number for John Selwyn Gummer?
There are nearly 63.5 million people who will be subjected to the wrath of our own collective idiocy, so maybe if you don't feel like you understand what you're doing on the 7th of May then perhaps you should just stay at home and drop trou and have yourself a good time - at least that way you'll only be fucking yourself.
With the manifestos out of the way and as we head towards the final stretch of the election campaigns culminating with the General Election, political deadlock remains in place. Neither of the two main parties have gained the upper hand with polls suggesting a very tight race to the finish line.
On May 7th we decide which shower of shit we want leading the country. Fringe politicians aside, there are 7 party leaders to choose from, all of whic...
Recently the National Union of Students (NUS) released their pre-general election campaign for 2015, a tradition that is supposed to mobilise the youth vote and champion student politics on a national stage - however this year's campaign is less remarkable for the promotion of student involvement in the democratic process and more for partisan alienation of those who don't subscribe to a very specific ideology.
The heat of the election campaign this week gave way to a bit more light, with the publication of the manifestos of the major political parties. Rather than piecing together the parties' respective positions on development from speeches, blog posts or remarks in Parliament, we now have a formal written statement of what they would seek to achieve if successful in their bid to form the next Government. So what did we learn?
Every time I go online at the moment, I'm slapped in the face with some infographic or digital countdown clock indicating how long I have until I cast the one vote that will help shape Britain's political landscape for the next five years.
So you say you want a revolution? Well get to the back of the line. I joined the queue some twenty odd years ago, like most as angry teens, and trust me, I'm nowhere near the front.
It is true, politicians break promises. We all know this and should probably have worked it out a long time ago. But before starting a student campaign to ruin the Lib Dems, surely it is worth taking a step back and looking at the promises they did deliver on?
The hottest day of the year so far was a fitting backdrop to a debate that had the potential to be one of the most heated of the election campaign...
With the countdown to the UK election now truly underway, how successful have party leaders been in gaining the nation's trust? Do you know if the candidates you vote for are in line with your moral compass?
On Tuesday we launched the Green Party of England and Wales 2015 general election manifesto: 'For the Common Good'. It is shaped by our vision of a future Britain, and our principles and values which say that no one in this, the world's sixth richest economy, should fear not being able to put food on table, or pay the bills that keep a roof over their head. It is shaped by a politics founded in humanity. We want to create a Britain that cares. But it is also based on a fundamental principle that the other parties deny and ignore: the need for us to build a stable and sustainable society that protects our planet now and for future generations.
We've hit the part of the General Election campaign that really starts to get on my nerves. The funny thing is, I genuinely think this vote could be one of the most interesting in the UK's history, given how disillusionment with large swathes of the political spectrum has resulted in no one party looking capable of gaining an overall majority...
With mental illness costing our economy over £100 billion pounds a year and millions of lives put on hold because there isn't the right support, we desperately need to accelerate the pace of change. That's why mental health must become a key issue in this election campaign, and I'm proud to be able to say that the Lib Dems have thrown down the gauntlet. To keep on delivering a stronger economy and a fairer society, mental health has to take centre stage.