Teen election column - be aware to make the right choice

Young people are writing election columns for The Star. Pictured is Luke Bassett.

Young people are writing election columns for The Star. Pictured is Luke Bassett.

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In the run up to this general glection, I have worries. 
I may only be young, but I care greatly for politics and I understand what each of the parties stand for.

Sometimes, though, I am concerned, especially when young people are asked ‘how would you vote if you could’, because what do they say?

Usually, young people are not taught about politics.

And they do not have a good understanding of each of the parties.

Most likely they know only what they have seen on the news, social media, or what their parents have taught them.

Personally, I find this to be a problem.

Young people in that case do not have the ability to form a proper opinion and may not know what’s best for them in the long run.

If they are challenged over that, they cannot defend their choice which leads to them, perhaps, not being taken seriously.

What about when they are older, will they care then?

I believe that people should not waste their votes.

And if they do not know enough about what parties stand for, they are not really taking this seriously then, are they?

It is a decision that affects the outcome of the general election and the future of the country.

No matter how anyone feels about politics, this is the truth.

Even though I will not be able to vote until 2018, I want to see a huge turnout of voters and I want every single one to make an informed choice on how the country is run.

This does not mean I doubt the intelligence of youth, or their desire to make a change.

Just looking at the UK Youth Parliament ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot, the issues chosen were made on the same grounds as those discussed in the House of Commons.

What I worry about are people who state their voting intention as Party X for the sake of voting for them and maybe Party Y for just one reason, with little or no genuine understanding of why they should vote for them.

I strongly believe that together, we can all make a change to this country.

However, we can only do this if we have a clear understanding of what everyone stands for, not just what someone said about a particular party at school or what was overheard from our parents’ conversation.

You need to be aware so that you can make the right choice for what you believe in.