Sunday, September 24, 2006

Disillusionment Will Continue

The leader in The Observer today makes some interesting points:

"Young people in particular seem disinclined to join the party or to express a preference at all. Only 45 per cent of voters aged 18-24 turned out in last year's election. This is worrying for all parties, but most of all for Labour. Apathy on polling day also amplifies voices of protest.

"Addressing a generation uninspired by party politics must be central to Labour's strategy, not because young people deserve more attention than their elders, but because their scepticism forces the party to say something imaginative about the future instead of simply advertising its achievements so far."

I think politicians need to realise that young people are never going to vote in greater numbers. They don't talk to us. The issues we care about cannot be solved at a national level and they fuck up the things that they can potentially solve. Couple this with the fact that our voting system is a national disgrace and I'm surprised that anyone bothers to vote at all.


Chertiozhnik said...

Young people may start to take an interest when they find out how much their debt from Uni amounts to, how much tax the State is taking in return for fucking everything up, how much it costs to buy a flat, raise a child, etcetera. Whether the major parties will ever bother to address these questions, another matter.

Great blog, keep it going!

three finkers said...

45% is far to many!

Do they know what the're doing?

As not that much more than half of folk vote, I think the figure is quite high.

Who was there to vote for anyway-
the nasties, the war party or the won't win party.

People are not educated in politics
or philosophy in this country, then
the're expected to vote....

Youth should be about having fun.

Power is a mean game. It is cruel
and most pleasure is derived from

Disillusioned and Bored said...

Thanks for the kind posts. Make sure you get the word out about this blog. See if we can build a readership

Average guy on the street said...

Hi. I too am surprised by the 45% turnout at the last election amongst the 18-24 age group. I had always thought it was much lower than that. Maybe they asked my friends - we certainly made up a significant proportion of those who did vote.

Anyway, I think that most of this age group (I speak as someone who is in it) are more interested in single issue politics than in party politics. Students are amongst the most politically active people but we don't vote.

BTW, if you want to read more about my views, go to