Young people aren't joining political parties at the same rate as they were in the past. They don't vote at local, European or general elections in great numbers. You'd be forgiven for thinking that young people didn't care about politics or the direction of the country. A lot of people did think just that, right up until the Scottish referendum blew that myth out of the water.
The main parties shouldn't be tripping over themselves to out-do UKIP, allowing the far-right to set the debate, and dance to Farage's tune. Instead politicians should be focusing on one of the most neglected demographics, giving what will soon be the people running society a sense of hope and inclusion - regardless of their country of origin. Politicians instead, should be chasing young voters.
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.
For Europe's young people, who have often suffered worst from the crisis, many of them - notably in Spain and Italy - have supported left-wing or even far right political parties. Some of these far-right parties are promoting hate-speech, xenophobia, nationalist and Eurosceptic ideas.
This Bill is the first step in tackling our youth democracy crisis. We need to equip electoral registration officers with the right tools to make our democracy as strong as possible. This Bill, I suggest, is a leap in the right direction and I very much hope that the Government give it a fair hearing in this Parliamentary Session.
Most young people eligible to vote in the European and local elections stayed at home, despite being far more likely to be
Why are we planning on spending £100 billion to renew a weapon system floating around in submarines off the coast of Scotland when it could completely destroy us and our climate, leaving radiation for years to come? If Britain chooses to renew Trident in 2016, this is ultimately the choice we will make.
We can complain all we like about politicians and the state of the country but when it comes to voting its fair to say that we, as students, are not the most active of participants, many of us don't even bother voting in elections and wonder what the point of it all is.
From the student sit-ins to the poll tax riots, politics was once the domain of the young and angry. But in 2010, just 44
Airwaves might be dominated by Ukip's gaffes or the Lib Dem's nosedive in the polls, but less than half of young people are
The problems young people are facing are nothing short of huge - youth unemployment of 5.5million young people in the EU (figure from December 2013) - an unemployment rate of 23.3%. This means that more than one in five young Europeans on the labour market cannot find a job; in Greece and Spain it is one in two.
Labour must ensure that as many young people as possible are eligible to vote in the next general election. This is the demographic that are most likely to vote Labour - and the demographic who are most ignored by politicians.
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.
You don't have to look too hard at this government's policies - across the board - to see a pattern emerge. What this government has done, in almost all policy areas, is target young people, making them pay more for education, reducing the benefits which they can claim, making it harder for them to earn a decent living or find a decent home.
I read this week that the minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd was getting some heat for daring to mention that young people today perhaps lack the "grit" of yesteryear, necessary to find jobs and succeed in life. He was referring to the Neets, a subject close to my heart, those young people Not in Education Employment or Training. So is he right?
It's time we said enough is enough of governments only seeing young people as an afterthought. The left needs to be pushing so that young people like me can have the vote, and with it the ability to defend our own future.
On 15 November people in England and Wales will have the opportunity to vote for their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Mr. Osborne, Britain's Chancellor, stood in the House of Commons (August 11, 2011), full of pride, to announce to the nation that "Britain is a safe haven for investors". I, for one, am not impressed, nor do I expect most of the British people are, as they struggle to survive the hardships created by the "moneymen" with their casino-type capitalism.