WHY SHOULD I VOTE?

I will be the first to admit that I used to hate politics! I was naive and ignorant about it all. I really didn't care that much about it and if I'm honest thought it was all boring. Since I'm now an "adult" (I use that term very loosely) politics has become something I've really become engaged with.
I never understood how I could make a change and let my voice be heard. Voting is how. I remember when I turned 18 and was old enough to vote- I didn't want to do it. I didn't see the point. My mum didn't let me have that option and I'm really glad she pushed me into learning about the different parties and the policies they wanted to introduce and how this would effect me and those around me. My mum has always said "well if you don't vote, then you can't complain" it's a funny way to look at it, but it makes a lot of sense. I see a lot of people complaining about the country and the way its run, but there is some truth in it. In 2010 35% of registered voters didn't vote. That is 1/3 of those eligible to vote! Why is it that so many people decide not to vote?

I feel like as the younger generation, we are often told that we don't know enough about politics or that we are too naive when it comes to believing what campaign leaders say. I have to disagree with this point of view entirely! When it comes to politics, I feel like the younger generation are the most wise and clued in to what each party means and which one they feel will be best for the country. If you ask me, it's the older generation that appear to seem naive and swept along in propaganda. I hate to say this but after speaking to my grandparents about politics- they are so misinformed! They are voting for all the wrong reasons and are being really selfish in their reasons why.


That's the thing. When I think about voting- I think about how this decision will not only effect me, but effect my parents, my younger sister, the children I teach every day, my potential children and grandchildren. I have thought about how these policies will impact the generations to come because I see this as a group decision- this decision will effect everyone, not just the people alive now. Whereas, my grandparents are selfish- they are thinking about what is good for them- right now and to me that's not fair. I challenged them on housing prices and the debt I'm in for going to university. There response was "you've had it easy. When I was your age I was fending for myself. You made the choice to go to uni- we didn't have that choice". There are no words. I love my grandparents but like a lot of older people- they are blind to the world around them. They are stuck in their generation. They think we, as millennials have it easy. Life is very different to the one in which they grew up in and I don't feel like they see that and whilst yes there are more opportunities, there are also different problems we have to face. It will be us that has to face these problems and it will be our children and grandchildren that have to bear the decisions we make.

It is so important that if you are registered to vote, that you go out and use it tomorrow! Make sure your voice is heard! Educate yourself on all the policies, see what each party is offering on key topics like the NHS, our education system, how they are going to support everyone! But most importantly, vote for what you believe! Vote for which party has beliefs similar to your own. Vote for the party that you think is going to give you and future generations the most hope and future! But whatever you do- please use your vote! Let's make our voices heard! This decision is ours.


If you are still unsure on what each party believes then you can read this super useful guide here or not sure which party has similar beliefs to your own? This quiz was super helpful and accurate in helping me.

Till next time,
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7 comments :

  1. This is such a great post encouraging young adults to vote and showing them how they can make a change!

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  2. Such an important post! And I know exactly what you mean about the whole younger // older generations divide in opinions x

    Morgan // www.justmorgs.com

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  3. Yes, Robyn, YES! It is wonderful to see bloggers engaging with the election and urging others to use their right to vote! I think it's great that you were so honest too about how you initially didn't see much point in being involved with politics! I think you're a very smart voter too by thinking about not just what impacts you but on others! Fab post!

    Abbey 🌵💫 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  4. I completely relate to this post. It is great to see bloggers getting involved! Voting is so so important! Whomever is elected sets the tone for our future. And we need to be able to have a say in it. Coming from a country where turnaround was so low we almost had two extreme at the 2nd round, I completely understand what you mean! xx corinne

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  5. I definitley agree with your statement that our generation are much more clued in! We typically have more access to social media and are looking up information that we want to know, whereas the older generation just believe what they get told! I will 100% be voting tomorrow, just as I did two years ago! :)
    - www.roisinslatest.com

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  6. Nice post, and thank you for linking to the quiz. I actually enjoy taking quizzes like that because it helps make it clear how my stance aligns (or doesn't) with certain parties.

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  7. Such an important topic to discuss! We struggle over here as well trying to motivate people to get out and make themselves heard - so it seems to be the universal struggle!
    This was well written, I hope that it helped to motivate even one person!

    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca/

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