Youth Vote

The Government Needs to Get Serious About Digital Elections

Jack Curtis | Posted 23.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jack Curtis

As much as our society is digital, it is every bit as cynical. The next decade will make great strides forward for communication, health, business and sport, but let it also be the decade that politics repairs its broken reputation. Nobody knows what will pick politics up from the gutter, but online voting might just be a start.

Don't Vote in the General Election - #YOLO

Valdemar Alsop | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Valdemar Alsop

I want you to vote whatever your vote might be. Enjoy it. It's yours.

Media Coverage of Politics Needs to Change

Stuart Thomson | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

There has been a collective failure to attract a younger audience to politics and current affairs. This is in very large part the fault of the parties themselves. Trying to blame the media would be foolish and wrong. They do, however, have a contribution to make.

Pensioning Off Their Legacy

Dale Bilson | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dale Bilson

In the run up to this year's General Election, the UK's two main parties - Labour and the Conservatives - have traded the usual arguments and insults, drawing their battle lines and going to great lengths to highlight their differences.

Does Anyone Care About the Young Voter Anymore?

Nicholas Mazzei | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Politics
Nicholas Mazzei

Parties who want a future will have to work harder to engage Britain's young voters, who feel it is unfair for the rest of society to dump debt and benefits onto them. Strategically, it also makes very little sense to spend so much time and effort on older voters.

Useful Idiots Nigel Farage and Russell Brand Are Helping Pave the Way for the Victory of the New/Old Tory Right

Rob Owen Bell | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK Politics
Rob Owen Bell

It is difficult to know whether novelty sock puppet Nigel Farage thinks he and his squinty-eyed troop of yokels have really become a force in UK politics or if he is in fact a fully paid-up stooge of a vast conspiracy of right-wing Tories who communicate via secret messages in the weave of their tweed that only they can understand.

Young People Are Increasingly Disengaged With Westminster Politics and the Main Parties Are Doing Little to Appeal to Them

Michael Osiyale | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Politics
Michael Osiyale

It remains to be seen whether plans to address youth engagement are indicative of a genuine desire to address the issues facing the young, or simply hollow incentives aimed at scraping as many extra votes as possible in the run up to what is set to be an incredibly tightly contested general election.

The Youth in Britain Have Been Ignored for Far Too Long

Phill Hudson | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Politics
Phill Hudson

The youth in Britain have been ignored for far too long, how we can be expected to engage in politics when all parties consistently neglect the wants, needs and opinions of the almost 10 million 18-30s of our country is beyond me.

Stand Up and Be Counted!

Phill Hudson | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Politics
Phill Hudson

Whoever or wherever you are in Britain today the sad fact is millions of people mainly the under 30's are not exercising their right to vote, under 56% of under 24's are registered compared to 96% of over 65's...

Inheriting Scotland: Will Young Scots Back Global Millennial Trend of Togetherness or Seek Path to Independence?

Danny Bartlett | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Data suggests young Scots see themselves as British and claims the digitised world may influence their vote to stay a part of the Union...

Dear Ed Miliband, Come After Our Youth Vote and You Will Be Prime Minister

Ben Brown | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ben Brown

The Conservatives relentlessly and unashamedly target the elderly vote. Come after us in the same way and we'll make so much noise that you won't be able to hear the door of Number Ten close behind you.

The Political Apathy Myth: How Young People are Redefining Political Engagement

Danny Bartlett | Posted 28.08.2014 | UK Politics
Danny Bartlett

Political apathy is a term usually associated with youth. Whether it's low voter turnout, disengagement from democratic processes or the lack of knowledge to make informed decisions, young people have been identified as the one demographic seemingly beyond saving.

Being in the EU Means More Opportunities for Young Brits

Rebecca Taylor | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Politics
Rebecca Taylor

Those fundamentally opposed to the EU say we should turn our backs on the world and become more inwardly focused. But Liberal Democrats believe that the best way to increase opportunities for young people is by having a strong voice in Brussels and working together with our European neighbours. Ukip offer nothing to young people; leaving the EU would reduce job opportunities in the UK and take away their right to work, study or train freely in 27 other European countries, including through Erasmus+.

Party Political Tweet: Could the 2015 Election Be Won or Lost on Social Media?

Paul Drury | Posted 05.07.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Drury

vInspired's Swing The Vote campaign is calling on all party leaders to pledge to deliver their top five election promises affecting under 25s on to Twitter. Around two-thirds of young people in the OnePoll survey said politics would be "easier to digest and understand" if delivered on Twitter.

It Is Perverse to Encourage Young People Not to Vote

Bob Morgan | Posted 08.06.2014 | 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 04.06.2014 | 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 28.05.2014 | 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.