COVENTRY: Are the Government Responsible for The Younger Political Ignorance within Great Britain?

As the EU Referendum vote is coming out on June 23rd, I realised that I don’t really know much about politics and it was quite scary how little I know compared to others. Then I thought to myself that I’ve never really been taught nor, had much information offered towards me, regarding politics. So, I decided to look into what Politicians have said in to the past on the matter, and what the people of Great Britain think.

Whilst, I know that a crucial vote is coming up to see whether or not Great Britain stays within the EU or not, I still feel that this isn’t being publicised nor talked about towards the younger generation or the younger vote. The only time, that politics is broadcasted or talked about, is either on the news times at midday, six o’clock, or ten o’clock, or on the more summarised 60-second news update on the radio and certain television channels. Not everyone watches news nor do they listen to the radio. With also the most traditional news industry of newspaper, still playing a key part into publicising political news. But with some newspapers such as ‘The Independent’ originally described itself as “free from party political bias, free from proprietorial influence”, which was placed on the front page of the daily edition. Should we really be taught or be more leaned towards certain political parties, because of the newspaper that we read is behind more one party than the other, should we vote for that party?

Should people who don’t pay attention to the more traditional news on television/newspapers, or should the Government be trying harder to get information out there for the younger voters to access, or try and make politics seem what most of the younger generation to believe, ‘boring’. This brings the question, what do people of the younger generation know or think about politics?

Out of the four people I asked (All male, Ages of 19-22) none had voted, and none could say what political party they think that they support. Whilst speaking to these people, none of them seemed confident whilst talking about subject, with three out of the four all saying “I don’t know much about politics” when asked if they’d answer questions. “I feel that they could maybe look at the more modern-day technology, something simple, take advantage of the Internet, I feel that could certainly gain more younger voters attention” said Emmanuel Oleyede.

A vote of confidence for the younger generation though, David Cameron has said, “And remember: it’s widely accepted there would be an economic shock if we left. Who gets hit hardest by those shocks? Young people.” So, its obvious that Cameron wants the best for the younger generation, but is it a point that political information could be given out in a wider range and a way to get to the younger voter?

Ieuan Thomas

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