Localism, devolution and decentralisation are currently key buzz words right across Whitehall and town halls throughout the country. Now whilst it is very important that these words evolve into effective policy (and do so for places beyond the major cities and city regions), it is, in my view, equally important that the move upwards to local government does not stop at the town or county hall but extends even further, up to communities and neighbourhoods.
When talking about political engagement, the stereotype of the apathetic 18-24 year old is often mentioned. As an age group, we are less likely to be a member of a political party, less likely to vote in elections, and are less likely to even be registered to vote. Academics and politicians have cited various reasons for this, ranging from simple disinterest in politics to a total lack of trust in politicians and the system.
Apparently, the man doesn't believe in climate change. That's a bit like saying you don't believe in Tracey Emin.