UK Voting

Vote For Policies, Not People

Paven Sharma | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Paven Sharma

So in this election, don't fall for the smiles, emotional appeals, and appeasement. Instead, focus on one particular issue you care about the most and vote for the party that stands for it the best.

Voting Is Protesting... In Their Language

Benna | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics

Benna has never voted before. In this vlog for HuffPost UK, in which he performs his poem Why I've Never Voted, he talks about how voting is protest. He says 'the things that happen when I don't vote are the same things that happen when my peers do,' and how it is down to young people to ensure that the 'views from down here' reach the 'silver spoon meeting rooms'.

I Am Voting, I Just Wish I Knew More

Doug Deans | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Doug Deans

Doug Deans, in the poem Bloody Right, describes a conversation between a father and daughter. In this vlog, Doug performs the poem and touches on the frustration one young woman is facing - she doesn't know who to vote for or whether she knows enough.

Letters Do Not Bring Good News. Just Bad News, In Good English

John Akinde | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
John Akinde

John Akinde performs his poem Letters in an exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK. In it he touches on how a letter took away the place he called home in the name of gentrification, how letters tell him what money he owes, where to be, and that he needs to vote. However, he doesn't ever get a letter telling him who represents him.

The Reason You Won't Vote - And Why You Should

Lee Carnihan | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Lee Carnihan

They're all the same. Nothing ever changes. They make false promises or wishy washy "pledges". Then break them. Sound familiar? The list goes on...

The Decline Of Democracy - Why Smart People Don't Vote

Ravi Lakhani | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Ravi Lakhani

I'm not saying its pointless, just that it doesn't do what you think it does. It only serves you as a comfort pill, a badge of participation and feeling like one is being represented. We're taught in classrooms that democracy brings freedom and progress; but as long as democracy is limited just to voting, it will remain a means of wielding power and keeping control, scarily akin to Orwell's 1984.

GE2017 - The Heart Vs The Head

Kylie Barton | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
Kylie Barton

Tactical voting is a tricky little thing at the best of times, but with this snap election, it has provided the savvy voter with an even worse quandary.

We Need To Address 'Voter Apathy'

Areeq Chowdhury | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Areeq Chowdhury

How far must turnout fall before we decide to take action? There needs to be a political awakening and a democratic drive by the next Government to undo this decline. Otherwise, year by year, election by election, we will slowly become a democracy in name only.

A Progressive Alliance Won't Mean Progressive Outcomes For The UK's Swinging Voters

Tom Jeffery | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Jeffery

The broader insight would seem to be that political parties are struggling to manage democracy in the way they are accustomed. In the long term, rather than narrowing our choices at the ballot box, shouldn't we have more?

Raise Your Voice, Use Your Vote

Eleanor Margetts | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK
Eleanor Margetts

Eleanor Margetts meeting Pope Francis alongside Senior UN advisor Jeffery Sachs (c) Gabriella Marino Right now, the world seems an especially scary p...

How Do We Engage The Politically Disengaged?

Ben Johns | Posted 04.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Johns

We need to encourage everyone to vote. Although compulsory voting would take away people's right to choose, it is worth remembering that even today people are still fighting to have their voices heard. To those that have yet to register, you have a voice; don't miss your chance to use it!

Sharing Election Articles: Dos and Don'ts

Thomas H. Brand | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Politics
Thomas H. Brand

So, it's time to face another election. And you know what that means? The Social Media Armchair Electioneering has begun!

Want A Better Democracy? We Need Better Democratic Processes First

Josh Dell | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Politics
Josh Dell

This will be the third UK-wide poll in as many years, and despite the efforts of many campaigners and non-governmental organisations there is still much work to be done, if we are to ensure citizens are registered and able to play an active role in democracy.

Apathy And Narcissism Are Not The Reasons Fewer Young People Vote

Javed Khan | Posted 01.05.2017 | UK Politics
Javed Khan

Politicians need to do more to bring young people into the political mainstream so they can have a say in key issues that affect them, or risk losing them to more extreme or direct means of action. A failure to do this could result in more and more drifting to politics outside the establishment and while there's nothing wrong with that per se, large-scale opting out of mainstream politics by a whole section of society is not a sign of a healthy, representative democracy.

Why Not Everybody Should Be Encouraged To Vote

Roanna Carleton-Taylor | Posted 23.04.2017 | UK Politics
Roanna Carleton-Taylor

I am deeply concerned at some of the ridiculous priorities that lie behind the motivation for some votes. You may have a right to vote on the basis of the colour of your passport but just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Revolutionising The Way We Engage The Youth In Brexit: Giving Social Media Influencers A Platform

Amy Longland | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Politics
Amy Longland

We are calling on you to vote, have your say and remind politicians that you are here, you matter, and you deserve a Brexit that works for you.

Vote For What Theresa May Believes In

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

Yes, Prime Minister. I couldn't agree with you more. We gain from Europe. We need to stop this economic self-amputation. This is the best chance we have. May has made this election a Brexit election, so tell her exactly what you think. Vote Lib Dem on the 8th of June and ask other people to do the same. We can stop a hard Brexit now.

Why The Young Must Get Out And Vote Come 8 June

Tim Connor | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Politics
Tim Connor

As I write this Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a snap General Election for 8th June. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Get out and vote on 8th June and make sure the concerns of your generation hold just as much importance as those of the older generation to the next Government.

The Importance Of Voting

Emma Campbell | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Politics
Emma Campbell

From the very moment we are conceived, the government are influencing our lives. It does not pay to be apolitical, and now is the time to fight for policies that we feel can have a huge difference in helping the people of Britain.

Why Our Right To Vote Is The Key To Global Justice

John Bunzl | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

If there's one thing global justice activists have given up on, it's the vote. With citizens losing faith in party politics and Green parties far from power, over the past few decades activists and campaigners have increasingly turned to other tools like lobbying, protesting, occupying, petitioning and direct action.

Are Young People Really Represented Well Enough?

Louis Sherman | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

The earlier we start to make change, individually or as a whole, and showing young people the value we place on them and their voices, the more benefits we all get from it in the future. Representation of young voices has never gone far enough and now is our time to make our voices heard thoroughly and truly.

Democracy: The Most Educational Form Of Government

Tom Bailey | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Bailey

Even if democracy did not encourage a more educated citizenry, it would still be the only morally defensible way to decide the laws that govern society, and would still be the best guarantor of liberty and rights. Lasch's argument, however, is worth remembering the next time someone wheels out ancient platitudes about people being too stupid for democracy to work.

More Young People Need To Turn Out To Vote, But Lowering The Voting Age Is Not The Answer

Thomas Smith | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

The primary and obvious argument against lowering the voting age is that 16 year olds are simply not sufficiently mature, or knowledgeable enough about politics, to be able to make decisions that have substantial impact on the future of the country

Requiring ID From Voters Protects Us All

Gabriel Webber | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Politics
Gabriel Webber

Who knows how our new British experiment will turn out. But a democracy is only democratic if voting is restricted to those entitled to vote. Measures aimed at ensuring that are, in principle, to be applauded.

The Urgent Question: How Do We Turn The Voting Public Back To The Centre-Left While Tackling Inequality?

E.P Anthony | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
E.P Anthony

Until the centre-left changes its thinking to better reflect working-class needs, they will become increasingly politically irrelevant, inequality will continue to increase, and working-class workers will turn to parties of the far-right who at least pretend to be listening to their concerns.