Charlie Davies

1. Will you be voting in the elections on May 7th?

No

2. Why have you taken this decision?

I do not feel as if I am well enough informed on the subject of Politics.

3. If you have decided to vote, have you decided who you will vote for?

N/A

4. Will the majority of your friends (aged 18+) be voting?

I am unsure, although I do notice a lack of interest and acknowledgement of the upcoming elections on social networks and in conversations amongst my groups of friends.

5. Do you think young people are engaged with politics and feel properly informed about the issues at hand?

I seldom see anyone my age striking up a conversation on Politics or the issues raised by the various parties. Personally, I feel as if young people have too many things on their minds, like education, finances and dealing with entering adulthood to be concerned about something that doesn’t affect them as directly. I think people my age feel as if their vote doesn’t matter because every party seems to preach false promises left, right and centre. Also, it’s extremely difficult to form an educated opinion on a subject when everyone else has their own individual biased thoughts, so it’s easier to just ignore it completely.

6. What issues are most important to you?

The subjects most important to myself include the protection of our environment and the creatures we share this Earth with, the abolition of inequality and making sure that schools teach students how to prepare for life as an adult (for example, they should teach how to be good with money, how to grow food and repair clothes/furniture and how to write CVs and prepare for jobs).

7. When you think of a politician, what are the first three words that come into your head?

Inexperienced, greedy and rich.

8. How could a politician appeal to you in order to get your vote?

To get my vote, a politician needs to fully understand what it is to be a member of the public. If they haven’t lived as a commoner, they will never truly be able to appreciate what our country needs.

9. What do you think could encourage more young people to get talking about politics?

They could visit us at institutions, ask us what issues we feel are the most important and actually listen to what we have to say and try to do something about our concerns.

10. Will you be watching the TV Leadership Debates?

No.

11. Which channels most inform your views on politics? (Eg. BBC news, broadsheets, actively seeking party manifestos, social media, TV leadership debates, etc)

Seeking a party’s manifesto is easily the best way to find out about what drives them and what their focuses are. That way, there is no bias from websites, newspapers or broadcasters and an informed decision can be made. I would suggest leadership debates as a reasonable way of finding out information, but they don’t seem to actually be focused on the issues, but more the image of the party and the leader’s personal lives.

12. Do you think local councillors in Milton Keynes serve the young population well?

I don’t know who they are or what they have done for us, so I can’t really comment, but I guess your answer is there.

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