voting

Should We Lower the Voting Age?

The June 2017 General election saw 64 percent of registered voters aged 18-24 turn out to support their respective parties, the highest turn out of young people since 1992. The apathetic era for the youth of the United Kingdom gave way to a gulf of commentators studying and arguing with …

“I Don’t Do Politics”: on Political Intimidation

“Oh, I don’t do politics.” This was my go-to refrain for so many years whenever the topic arose. Even though I was registered and first voted at the age of eighteen, it’s only in recent years that I’ve been open to discussing politics with my peers. If it was ever …

I Was a Tory: Then I Got Better

I don’t like making old people sad. But the sentence: “Mr. L, I’ve cancelled my party membership,” did make someone sad. For a long time Mr. L had seen me as promising rising star, with the potential to bring a younger sort of MP onto the benches. And it was …

Losing My (Voting) Virginity

Voting is something of a rite of passage–at least for the socially aware and politically engaged. For as long as I can remember (okay, since I was about 14) I was desperate to vote; to finally have a say in the political fate of my country. I remember watching in …