UK Voting

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.

Devolution And PR: The Antidote To Brexit Poison?

Simon Sapper | Posted 12.12.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

With the current UK government elected by less than 25% of the electorate, with the centre left arguably firmly shut out of politics, and with the scope to establish the most effective voice at Westminster somewhat stymied by SNP-reduced Parliamentary airspace, this could be a perfect storm set to break over the next couple of years.

If New Voters Caused Brexit What Does It Mean For The UK's Political Future?

Kirby Swales | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
Kirby Swales

The most striking of Vote Leave groups was the most disadvantaged, who have also been called 'the left behind'. It is these that surprised pollsters and commentators and potentially tipped the balance towards Leave. This group represent about 12% of the population and 95% of them voted leave.

When The Wisdom Of Crowds Is Wrong

Todd R. Kaplan | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Politics
Todd R. Kaplan

The UK Labour party substantially reduced the barriers to voting in 2015 and perhaps did not get their best possible leader. Keeping at least some reasonable cost will stop those with less at stake and poorly informed from voting, leading to better outcomes overall.

I'm Still With Her

Danielle Wood | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Danielle Wood

Hillary Rodham Clinton's concession speech was everything that diplomacy should be - I should stop typing, turn off my computer and sulk somewhere else because if she can pull herself together, slap on mascara and tell America, and the world, to keep an open mind then I have no place to be playing a violin.

The Rule Of Law Must Be At The Centre Of Brexit

Abiodun Michael Olatokun | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Abiodun Michael Olatokun

Friday morning's reaction to the Article 50 judgment has made me deeply reflective about the state of our politics. The Brexit era has been characterised by political announcements redolent of the deepest farce from 'The Thick Of It'. The EU Referendum has changed everything about British public life, and it is difficult to get a stable sense of what is actually going on as we lurch from one episodic crisis to the next.

Alaska: The Republican Party's Last Frontier?

Duncan Kenyon | Posted 17.10.2016 | UK Politics
Duncan Kenyon

In many ways, Alaska is the most likely 'strong Republican' state to swing, purely from a mathematical point of view. If Clinton wins this state, it will send a powerful message to the Republicans that no state - even Sarah Palin's - is safe from the Democrats and make their work leading up to 2020 even more difficult.

Power Doesn't Enthuse Voters Sadiq, Ideas Do

Ali Milani | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Politics
Ali Milani

Maybe, just maybe, our politics is more than that? Maybe people can recognise the difference between values and gamesmanship. It is clear to me that the reason the Labour moderates are failing to not only connect with the people of the country, but people in our own party, is they have abandoned the very principles for power.

Equal Voting Rights for Persons With Disabilities: What Are We Waiting For?

Ian Brook | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Brook

According to the Electoral Commission in the UK, all voters should have the right to cast their vote independently and privately. However, for those with disabilities, blindness or partial sight, this is not always the case.

Brexit Means Brexit - But Did We Know What We Were Doing?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

They say practise makes perfect. Certainly, I find the more I practise the piano, the better I get (albeit painstakingly slowly). And I have found wa...

UK Lags Behind When It Comes to eDemocracy

Ian Brook | Posted 14.07.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Brook

In a world where democracy continues to spread and migration is commonplace, in addition to increasing demand for online services from millennial voters, there will be an imperative to provide cyber voting as standard as a complimentary channel to traditional paper and postal voting.

All Hail the Ungrateful Youth Voter

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

Today's youth aren't perfect, but without them there will be no future for Britain. Instead of weighing them down with our debts, we should be enabling them to build prosperity for the future, for us and for them. We want them here in Britain building this prosperity.

Remain Lost the EU Referendum, But We May Yet All Lose

Chris King | Posted 07.07.2016 | UK Politics
Chris King

As I awoke to the news that more than half of Britain had voted to leave the EU, I felt sad and surprised. The world hasn't ended and the drawbridge has not been pulled up, but I fear for where the UK may be headed...

Did Legal Loophole Win It for Leave?

Simon Sapper | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Sapper

The Brexit pledge of more money for the NHS was a key argument in the EU referendum. Indeed, it could well have been the deciding factor in a narrow win following a bruising campaign.

Brexit Highlights How Broken British Democracy Really Is

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Keith Walker

The arcane nature of British democracy has, over the last 60 years, delivered one electoral minority after another into the corridors of power. It's led to a situation where no matter how many of us vote, we get a result that rewards people who wouldn't win in any other situation where the principle of "we'll do what the majority of people want" applies.

It's Not All About EU: Why We Need to Make Voting More Attractive to Young People

Joe Levenson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Levenson

What goes down should also be able to go up, and it's not too long ago that younger people's turnout was so much higher than now. But the longer that disengagement goes on, the harder it's likely to be to reverse, and reversing it also means understanding why this is happening in many other countries and where progress is being made.

Why Millennials Voted Remain in the EU Referendum

Beth Burks | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Beth Burks

Children are the greatest learners. Hopefully we will learn from our own history - the generations coming behind us will be more connected, more global and different in ways we can only imagine. However, it is clear to say that a lot of us feel let down by Thursday's decision.

The Steady Ascent of the Silent Majority

Thomas Smith | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Smith

The Financial Times Unbeknownst to the seismic change unfolding overnight, my peaceful sleep was abruptly interrupted by a panicked mother in ...

A Minority in the Majority

Maliha Reza | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

It was a privilege (as a young person) to exercise my right to vote. I understand that we live in a democracy, and that fact should be appreciated. However, we are allowed to feel dissatisfied with the results.

The Six Real Reasons We Voted OUT

Saj Devshi | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Saj Devshi

I was part of the 48% of the country that wanted to remain because although the EU wasn't perfect; the problems it faced were all of ours to bare. I can imagine there is shock across europe with many outsiders wondering how does such a big and multicultural nation that played such a prominent role in the EU suddenly vote to leave based mostly on issues of immigration?

Brexit 'Regrexiter' Tells BBC She 'Wasn't Really Voting To Leave The EU'

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK

More and more people are now admitting that they regret voting to leave the European Union in last week's referendum, with many claiming that they nev...