Sunday, 17 January 2016

Why Should You Be Involved in Politics?

Do you vote?

Voting is a human right. A right that we did not always have.
The story of the Suffragettes and Suffragists is one that truly symbolises the struggle and defiance of women who wholeheartedly believed they had a place in politics. Their relentless fight to allow women the freedom to vote truly showed their persistence, strength and integrity. But why were they indefatigable in their fight for the vote? Why did they risk their lives? 
It is simple.
If you do not vote, politicians and political parties will not represent you!
During the years where females were forbidden from voting, laws that aided to a woman's needs never became legislation as women were not a part of the electorate. In other words,  politicians did not need to gain votes from women and so disregarded the entire female species in political decisions that effected them. If you vote, politicians are more likely to introduce laws that you want as you have the power to predict their future as your local MP or Prime Minister.

Yet it is evident in today's society that many young people ignore their opportunity to vote. Statistically British citizens between the ages 18-24 have the lowest turnout at General Elections. This is shocking. How are we ever supposed to impose change if we fail to apply the power we have to do so. 
There are many issues that concern young people today; for me it is lowering the voting age during referendums, increasing funding for public services and lowering tuition fees. I am also strongly against the government's involvement in Syria Bombing and their hostility towards the Migrant Crisis . You may have your own views and want this to be considered. But how can we do this if we do not actively participate in politics? 

The reaction on Twitter, following the Syria Vote, exemplified many young people who are strongly against Syria Bombing and want Britain to accept more Asylum Seekers and Migrants. 
Your local MP may have voted for Syria Bombing, although you may have been strictly against this. Your local MP may oppose supporting and housing Migrants in the UK, however you may believe this to be inhumane. Without voting, you will not be electing MPs who truly represent you or the people of your constituency and this can lead to devastating consequences.

I am a proud supporter of Russell Brand and 'Trew News.' He is able to discuss and engage young people in politics in a manner which is understandable, interesting and humorous. But I do disagree with one of his utmost and fundamental beliefs, that voting (currently) will not make a difference.

We have a voting system, First Past The Post, which has been delegated as one of the most disproportional voting systems that exists. To explain simply, in the 2015 General Election UKIP won 12.6% of the vote and gained one seat in the Houses of Parliament, however the SNP won 4.7% of the vote and gained 56 seats. Sounds wrong? That is because it is wrong.
But this is not something that should lead us to a behaviour where we do not vote because we do have the power to change this. Email your local MP, sign petitions and vote for parties that offer voting reform because this could lead to a change. (Although FPTP did save us from the racist and misogynistic wrath of Nigel Farage and his UKIPers, so there's a perk for you!)

Others argue that the two main political parties, Labour and Conservative, do not have a solid division between them - that all politicians are mimics of each other. This is not the case. Corbyn and Cameron stand as polar opposites regarding policy and ideology and this wholly proves that all politicians are not the same. Jeremy Corbyn, self-confessed Socialist, opposes Syria Bombing and has continuously championed for Nuclear Disarmament. He was voted as Labour leader by ordinary people - this clearly illustrates the power that voting has on politics.

Russell Brand also proclaims that the people do not have someone to vote for. This may be true but you do not need to vote for a political party or individual. You can leave your ballot blank. Blank and Spoiled Ballots are symbolic of people who feel they are not represented by any of the parties or individuals listed on the voting card. Rather than being thrown into a statistic compromising of the vast number of non-voters who are seemingly unengaged and 'not bothered', you will become a part of a statistic that represents the people who feel they cannot support any party or person on the ballot. This would highlight to the government that there are people who are engaged and willing to vote, but simply need a party or person they truly believe is worth their vote.

Voting and becoming more politically engaged can make a difference. Personally, I would urge you to join pressure groups, email your MP and sign petitions on causes that you care about. We all have a role to play and we should honour the struggle and journey that was endured by people like the Suffragettes and fully execute this power.

Comment down below with your opinion on voting.
Do you vote? 
Do you think voting is important?
I would love to hear from you! Thanks for reading.

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