Youth Vote

It Is Perverse to Encourage Young People Not to Vote

Bob Morgan | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

Russell Brand - who has a lot of influence and a very loud voice, has suggested young people should not vote - this is perverse. It is alright for him to take this view - his opinions will get attention. For him to suggest that other people should not bother to use their only instrument of influence is wrong.

Politicians Don't Care About Young People

Rick Edwards | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Politics
Rick Edwards

I passionately believe that we have to stall this slump in the youth vote. And then reverse it. We are in real danger of letting down an entire generation. We need to force politicians to care by hitting them where it hurts - the ballot box. Which brings me onto Russell Brand...

Warning: Do Not Be Young

Robin Lustig | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

It's time to turn Wordsworth on his head - in 2014 Britain it is not "very heaven" to be young; rather, it is the precise opposite. If you were careless enough to have been born in the 80s, 90s or 00s, well, tough. The likelihood is that you're going to end up worse off than your parents.

Apathy - Don't Blame the Kids

Brie Rogers Lowery | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Brie Rogers Lowery

Maybe it's not young people who are disengaged at all, maybe it's that politicians aren't talking to them about the issues they care about in the places where they are. So how about let's stop blaming the kids and start encouraging politicians to engage with young people on the things affecting them.

The Young Vote: Why the Youth Are Politically Exploited

Blerta Berisha | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Blerta Berisha

There are so many issues which affect young people's lives and we are putting ourselves at a great disadvantage by not voting. How can you help to change something if you don't include yourself in political dialogue? With rising long term youth unemployment and trebling of university fees, now is the time to make our voices heard.

Open Letter To Russell Brand

Harry Deansway | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Harry Deansway

Dear Russell, I am writing this letter to you following your recent interview to promote your tour on Newsnight.

Russell Brand: New Revolutionary?

John Bunzl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Bunzl

But the question Brand seemed unable to answer was HOW to put real power behind those views; how to convert them into powerful, practical political action?

An Open Letter to Russell Brand

Jon Alexander | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jon Alexander

Please reconsider your stance on voting and act positively for change by making a public commitment to taking part in the 2015 General Election.

London Youth Speaks, Are We Listening? 'White Working Class Children': Classism, Racism, 'Extremism', And the Young Voters of 2015

Dr Anna Carlile | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Anna Carlile

Are policymakers talking to young people about how they feel? It seems not. Research at Goldsmiths, University of London through the Illuminate Student Researchers Project indicates that young people are unaccustomed to having their concerns taken seriously.

Students Must Take the Lead in Politicising Youth

Megan Sherman | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Sherman

All too often students take their own political consciousness for granted, but we must accept the immediate task of nurturing political enthusiasm in schools and colleges. 60% of people aged between 18 and 24 don't vote. The biggest barrier right now is the absence of a basic political education.

Generation 2012: How America's Youth Went From 'Yes we Can!' to 'Yeah Whatever'

Nick Purves | Posted 22.12.2012 | UK Politics
Nick Purves

The hope that came with the election of Obama has diminished along with the faltering economy. This has led to young people withdrawing from politics as they consistently see how politicians are unable to enact real change in their lives.

16 Year Old Soldiers but Not Voters

Sian Powell | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK Politics
Sian Powell

My youngest sister has just turned 16 and about to receive her GCSE results this week, she cannot buy a drink in a pub, drive or vote but she could join the Army, she could even choose to commit herself to the life of a soldier until she was 22. All this before she could even vote for those deciding her fate.

The Disappearing Youth Vote: What the Government Should be Doing to Solve the Problem

Francois Petavy | Posted 22.07.2012 | UK Politics
Francois Petavy

It is clear from the worryingly low turnout at the local elections that more needs to be done to get people voting, and in particular young people. This is far from a new problem and it is time the government committed to tackling this serious issue by thinking more creatively about how to engage the youth in the future of the country they live in.

Why Politicians and Youth Issues Don't Mix

Shreen Ayob | Posted 12.05.2012 | UK Politics
Shreen Ayob

In an elegant experiment on empathy sociologist Sam Richards attempted and succeeded to encourage an auditorium full of Americans to sympathise with Iraqi terrorists.

Duffle Coats and Dreams: The Student Love Affair With the Left Wing

Rosslyn McNair | Posted 28.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Rosslyn McNair

'If you are not a liberal at 20, you have no heart. If you are not conservative by 40, you have no brain'. The question is, are students with conservative views ahead of the game? Can they see beyond youthful idealism to the realities of their future life which will inevitably be governed by capitalism?

I Know This is Controversial, but I am Bored of Shanking

Olivia Rose | Posted 29.01.2012 | UK
Olivia Rose

I can't help but think it's not the kids that are "sick," but the world they are growing into. Our world, where fast money and reality tv stardom has usurped hard work and steady earnings, where sports or music seem like the only options for kids who never thought they were clever, where laziness is bred and spreads like disease, where aspiration stops at money and forgets about dreams.

To Get What They Want, Young People Need to Start Voting

Stuart Bonar | Posted 03.01.2012 | UK Politics
Stuart Bonar

What should young people do? They should rattle their electoral sabre. You make politicians worry and concern themselves with your issues by voting. That's what gives you, as a voter, your power. It's what makes politicians worry about what you think.