Politics isn’t as bad as it seems.. right?
For us young adults born in the 90’s who are now in their 20’s, life hasn’t been very easy politically. Not only have we had to experience tuition fees being raised to extortionate prices, we’ve had to endure disappointing world leaders and of course, Brexit.
Firstly, politics isn’t a compulsory subject in school meaning most 16 year olds leave school absolutely clueless resulting in; valuable votes to not be used due to the younger generation not knowing what/who to vote for, less inspiration and motivation for young people to want to become an MP, a lack of younger members of parliament generally and young minds being brainwashed by propaganda from political parties. It also means things like this tend to happen…
Understandably, politics may not be on the top of everyone’s interest or quite British-ly, be their cup of tea.. However if they were to gain a better understanding of what and why things happen in the politics world, they may be able to enjoy it as well as have an opinion on it. After all, politics only affects about every single person in this country.
If you are like me and have never had a lesson on politics in your life, then watch this video to get further information before you carry on reading.
On Saturday 25th March there were anti-brexit protests in London for the UK to remain in the EU. The date matched with the mark of 60 years since the EU’s founding agreement, the Treaty of Rome, was signed. The vote first took place on the 23rd June 2016, almost over a year ago, yet thousands of people still took to the streets on Saturday. It just goes to show and remind people how Brexit is still very much a huge problem for every one who is a part of the United Kingdom.
Brexit is one of the reasons why I think the younger generation has had a difficult time within politics. From the ages 18–44 majority of people voted to remain and got out done by the older generation.
Expectedly, the younger generation felt like this result was stolen from them due to the elderly voting for something which might not affect them in 20+ years. Where as my generation and I, will be the ones who do. We are going to be left to sort out the mess that we didn’t create nor want to be in in the first place. As soon as the Brexit votes were casted it didn’t take long for the aftermath to take place. David Cameron the former MP resigned, followed by Nicholas Farage the former Ukip leader — the man pushing and encouraging us to vote leave! Farage claims to have left because of death threats but to me he was definitely just biting off more than he could chew.
Theresa May took over being leader of the Conservative Party and therefore became Prime Minister. She has been given the burden to clear up the mess and create a plan for Great Britain.
“We seek a new and equal partnership — between an independent, self-governing, global Britain and our friends and allies in the EU. Not partial membership of the European Union, associate membership of the European Union or anything that leaves us half-in, half-out,” — May
This is the full text of Theresa May's speech setting out the plan for Brexit negotiations. "A little over six months…www.independent.co.uk
“Prime Minister Theresa May, elected by the ruling Conservative Party in the wake of the referendum, has promised a bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and to incorporate existing EU laws into UK domestic law. In January 2017, she announced a 12-point plan of negotiating objectives and confirmed that the UK government would not seek continued membership in the single market. The terms of withdrawal have not yet been negotiated and in the meantime, the UK remains a full member of the European Union”
When I first saw that Theresa May was a possible candidate for leader of the Conservative party and therefore Prime Minister I was exctied to have a woman in power. She would be the second woman after Margaret Thatcher, yet my opinion on May varies. Despite me not agreeing with her being friendly with Trump I do respect her. It seems like she is trying to make the best of a bad situation nevertheless I want the UK to be a part of the EU, like thousands of others as we saw on Saturday. Either way I don’t feel confident in the UK being in any way, shape or form, better off by not being in the EU. This is a decision I did not decide but will have an impact on for most likely the rest of my life.
Following on from this point, tuition fees are added to the list of what I definitely did not decide. The decision to charge £9000 per year was decided by the free further educated Members of Parliament. People who did not pay a penny to attend university to achieve their degrees. What I am interested in is that, why wasn’t there a vote on this? Purely for the fact it wouldn’t pass as no one would want that. Surely that tells politicians enough? That the decision is barbaric and the people of the country that they are attempting to run do not want what they decided. Despite the protests and petitions, tuition fees aren’t being brought back down in fact they are being raised to £9250.
As lucky as I feel to be able to vote so easily from the age of 18 which is probably the only good thing for the younger generation within politics. Even with my vote I do feel as if I am helpless to what does get decided within politics, I can only hope to see benficial changes in the future rather than what we receive at the moment as a country and generation which is, utter disappointment.