The importance of voting and TV Debates

Hi guys.

Hope you’re having a good weekend and enjoy the rest of it. I just wanted to talk to you about the importance of voting, now most of us are turning 18 we can vote in this upcoming general election. To me that is a great thing, taking part in the democracy that our great country is built upon. Worryingly many people aged 18-30 pop the all important question; why should I vote? It’s a waste of time and nothing changes. Well, no matter what your views and beliefs it is blatantly clear that something has changed since the last general election, whether that’s something for the best or for the worst it’s still change. Now I’m not going to say that I don’t care who you vote for because I do, I want to have my say and you should too! Below are just a few reasons that I believe we should all vote in this upcoming general election.

1. It’s gonna be a close one folks- This general election promises to be extremely unpredictable. It could be just a few thousand votes or a couple of seats that sway the majority for the next government. With opinion polls changing daily between Labour and Conservative majorities it is becoming common knowledge that the next parliament is most likely going to be hung. This means that there could be another coalition, a confidence and supply arrangement or an immediate re-vote. I personally think that coalition governments are risky and should be avoided and that confidence and supply arrangements are not very democratic. So if you agree with me that there should be a one party majority then you NEED to vote at this upcoming general election.

2. The more people that vote, the more representative Parliament will be of ordinary British people- A representative Government is important in order to ensure that laws are passed that are in the interests of the views of ordinary people. If only 50,000 people voted then only 50,000 peoples views would be represented. Imagine if you hated the idea of a Liberal Democrat majority and 40,000 of the 50,000 people voted Lib Dem, then the other 10,000 people (including yourself) would not get represented effectively.

3. It is quick and easy- It is really easy to register to vote on-line at  https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You must be quick though because registration ends on the 20th April. Once you’ve registered you’ve already done the hard part. You just have to wait until May, follow the news and then vote. Voting can be done at various stations that are local to you or via post meaning that voting has never been easier. It takes 2 minutes to vote but 5 years for the next one to come round, don’t wait; get your voices heard.

So there’s just a few reasons of why you should vote this year, many people worry that there isn’t any party that they fully agree with. Don’t fret. No single person can possibly agree with everything that a party stands for, just make sure that you pick the one that best suits your views and beliefs and then put your faith in them to ensure that you are represented.

Just a quick note of some news this week. As some of you may know there has been controversy surrounding the much loved televised debates. Even though I couldn’t vote in 2010 I found these debates extremely interesting and they’re part of the reason why I started to follow politics. These debates are great for all varieties of people which makes it hard to hear that there won’t be as many this year. It has been confirmed that there will be one 7 party debate broadcast on ITV on 2 April, this will be good if you support the Greens or UKIP as it will offer a rare occasion for these parties to be widely broadcast. A debate on 16 April will follow on the BBC with 5 opposition party leaders taking part and there will two separate Q&A sessions for Cameron and Miliband broadcast live on 26 March on Channel 4 and Sky News.

I hope this article has inspired you to vote at the forthcoming election and I hope that you will note the dates of the debates that should not be missed out on. Thank you for reading and see you soon.

Jack :)

Who are you voting for in May?

General Post

Hi guys. I just wanted to make my first post a general one about politics and how I see it received around me.

It’s amazing just how many different views and ideas that I have heard in the last week alone. On one end there’s the extremism; this can be at both ends of the spectrum. I see some people who are very extreme in their views, particularly about immigration (yes I went there). I understand the frustration with immigration and it annoys me when Cameron sets targets that are unrealistic. He insists that’s it the ambition to cut immigration to “tens of thousands” when roughly 298,000 people came to Britain in the year to September and it’s no surprise that the Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that net migration will be 165,000 in 2019. Now, I am in no way saying that immigration is a bad thing, it adds skilled people and their ideas to our communities and allows people to learn about different cultures, introducing new foods and ways of life. I’m just saying that 298,000 is too many. Some of these people will happily exploit the supporting systems that we have in place and will not do anything to add to the already prospering communities. Something needs to be done.

This is where the radicalism comes in. I have experienced people saying that the “borders should be closed” and that we should start sending people back. Some people even go as far as saying that immigrants should be deported, simply for being an immigrant. This sort of opinion is the type that gives many people a brand of being a racist. I agree, there are many people in our country that would go to extreme measures to get rid of somebody just because of their religion or race; this is unacceptable.

I believe in the middle ground. A system of immigration that is slightly more selective and sensible, a system that is similar to those in Canada and Australia. These systems test people on their ability to speak the language of the country that they wish to enter, their skills and qualities and their reasons for wanting to seek permanent residence in a different country. This would ensure that immigration is not adding people who are trying to exploit the system. It would allow intelligent, highly skilled individuals to add to a country that is in need of their expertise.

Then we see the much softer approach. Some people just don’t care about politics or feel that they don’t know enough about it to become engaged. They have the view that no matter who they vote for the country will always be the same. This is what worries me and is one of the reasons that I have started this blog. We, as the future of this country need to have our say, we need to vote, we need to shape our futures. Or else someone will do it for you.

Jack

(Sorry about the rustiness of the first post, I just wanted to get something out there for people to have a read of, I am sure that I will improve over time)

And thanks for reading :)

Welcome!

Hi guys and welcome to my new blog. I’ve set this up to try and engage more in politics and I want to get more of you doing so to. No matter what your views and beliefs I think it would be great if you took some time to read my upcoming posts. From weekly reviews to general chit-chat about the political world I hope that this blog can help you to understand more about politics and to encourage you to become a political thinker. First post coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled and tell everyone about this!

Jack