One day too young to vote.

 As the UK prepares to go to the polls, we asked teenagers born on 9 June 1999 what matters to them and about their hopes for the future. From the BBC

Bryony Fletcher is studying history, politics and economics at A-level and hopes to work for the civil service after university. 

“The big thing for me is tuition fees with the looming issue of being £40,000 in debt. If I could vote this would have an impact, but I don’t think it would sway me. While you can dream about not having tuition fees you have to be realistic, things need to be paid for and there isn’t unlimited money.”

They could only lower the voting age to 16 if politics was introduced as a compulsory subject in education. There were people at my college asking what a general election was when the snap election was called. When people like that can vote but we can’t, it is kinda frustrating.

Oliver Osei-Asibey is studying computer science, economics, geography and maths at A-level and hopes to study abroad.

I know that in the Brexit campaigns there was a lot of confusion. It was said that £350m was taken away from the NHS. After studying economics, I was thinking that doesn’t really make sense, it doesn’t come together. I think it is sad in a sense that some people would see that and because they’re not informed enough to make choices, they would actually believe it and then form opinions based on that.

Rhiannon Watts is taking a gap year before university and hopes to work for an NGO in the future.

After Brexit we saw a spike in hate crime. It is upsetting to see some political parties exploiting it. Seeing responses from some politicians and celebrities to the refugee crisis, I think as a society we’ve become detached from human suffering. I’d like to see some kind of reawakening of that connection with other people.

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Comments

    • Floss2c

      Couldn’t agree more. Rudimentary politics and the differences between the political parties could be taught as early as to primary school children. No political bias, though. Politics should not be taught in any school if it has an ‘agenda’.

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