I have definitely been that person who thought politics wasn’t for them - it was too complicated and it always had me feeling like I was wading in at the deep end. Like I had to ‘catch up’ with everything before I could understand even the basics and tbh it felt like too much hard work.
If ever I found myself in conversations discussing current events it always seemed to involve some mad fanatic who knew all the names of every politician, their policies and what they ate for breakfast. I felt stupid for even trying to get involved with my lacking knowledge.
Politics has never been much of a talking point for me or my family when I was growing up, and I’ve spent a lot of time around people who believe their vote ‘doesn’t matter’, ‘who know nothing about politics’ and feel ‘it’s too complicated'. It’s easy to see how these ideas rub off. I have been guilty of feeling like this. And when you’re faced with having to make decisions about things that are way bigger and more important than your tiny self it’s easy to shrug your shoulders and decide to sit this one out.
Despite this I have always voted whenever I could.
Even if you feel like you have no idea what is going on, the reality is politics affects literally everything.
From your tuition fees, to your job opportunities (or how much support you get if you can’t find one.) If you’ll be able to afford to buy a house, or even how much your landlord can charge for rent. Politics decides everything from your human rights, whether or not companies can test on animals, to how much your clothes cost. It’s likely you'll have some opinion on at least one of these matters and that just goes to show that you should start taking some interest and register to vote.
You don’t have to know it all. Believe me, I still don’t know very much but I’m hoping I can convince you that it’s easy to find out enough information to feel like you can have an opinion, a voice, and vote!
I can’t name all the party leaders or say for definite what they stand for but I’ve taken a few steps over the years to ease myself into politics a little more so that I feel like I have a tiny bit more of an understanding about wtf is going on.
The great thing is, you don’t even need to worry about who you’re going to vote for right now. That’s something you can decide later, but there are only a few days left to register to vote so that you have the choice to do so on 8th June.
You've totally got loads of time to figure things out before then so I thought I would out bust counter arguments to your excuses right now!
But it’s all too overwhelming, I don't know what's going on.
When you feel like you have no idea where to start, it helps if you know your stand points on issues from the beginning. Make an effort to pop BBC news on when you're having your breakfast, listen to what’s going on in the world and ask yourself how you feel about the stuff you see. Do you agree with what’s going on? Or would you like it to change? Once you start to know how you feel about certain issues it will be easier to see which parties also share similar views to you.
You’ll probably surprise yourself and find that you’ll come across issues you’re already passionate about but maybe didn’t link that you voting can influence outcomes for causes you believe in.
But politics is boring.
If you think politics is boring, Umm I beg you to tune in to Question Time and watch someone forget the question they waited all evening to ask (u had one job m8). I would always dismiss shows like this as being ‘boring’ but actually I was totally wrong. And because the audience is made up of ordinary people from the general public it’s a whole lot more relatable to watch than Prime Minister’s Questions (yawn).
If you still find it boring, well I hate to break it to you but you gotta do some boring stuff when you’re an adult, it’s a fact of life. But also, there are dogs at polling stations, so y’know swings and roundabouts.