Are you eligible to vote in the general election but not going to vote? If so why? Watch
I was watching a debate: Big Questions.
They mentioned that some 18-30 year olds feel as if they don't vote because there isn't a party that represents them and MPs aren't trustworthy due to all the media coverage of funds being misused and whatnot. However, there was a counter argument presented that stated: If they don't vote, why should MPs be compelled to stand up for their views...
That's what I try to do, and I'm well aware that no one can expect to support a party 100%. But when you have major issues with all the options that are big enough to make you not want to vote for any of them, voting for one of them just to keep out a different one you also don't support is just stupid. I would say that's the only way you can really "waste" a vote. In that situation the "don't vote, don't complain" line gets frustrating very quickly.
In some special cases (and only in these special cases) things might be different and I might be able to find a "least worst" option. e.g. I would be prepared to vote Labour to keep out a climate change denying Conservative candidate, as the environment is one of the things I am most concerned about. However, the chances of that happening are slim.
That's because there are a lot of disgusting things going on in parliament and in government which get media attention because they are unacceptable. e.g Conflicts of interest are a big issue with things like healthcare reforms. The amount of influence corporate interests have on politics is obscene.
When the government does something right, they don't often get praised for it because that is the standard they are supposed to work at anyway. Praising the government for managing something how they are supposed to is a bit like saying "look how wonderful these parents are, they don't throw their own children into the sea". They only get praised if they do something above and beyond that to deserve it, like Cameron getting gay marriage passed.
I don't think that people are interested to be honest.
We have been raised to believe that politics is something grown ups talk about, and most simply don't grow out of this phase until very late on.
We should introduce politics early on in the education system.
We should have an entire hour each week devoted to it. Just as the PSHCE lessons were implemented.
In the election in 2017 and the EU referendum I was very into the debates and news discussion, despite being only 10 or 11 years old. Before using BBC News, I'd go onto CBBC Newsround and found the political info there very interesting. Some may not like it , but I do