Op-ed; Talk to some young people about politics and the upcoming elections and you will get a mixed response. Nothing is ever cast in stone and we are all individuals but on more than one occasion this woman has encountered the politics of apathy.
But the politics of apathy strikes all ages.
Last year one taxi driver aged in his late 60s bragged to us he never voted and never had when asked about the EU in / out referendum.
But for some others it is genuine unresolved concerns and in other cases bone idleness.
"I live such a busy live I have no time for voting" is a good one.
My Dad worked hard all his relatively short life but he always managed to get out and vote. Sometimes this meant a 7am visit to a polling station as soon as it opened other times in the evening after work.
Certainly current shift patterns in NHS hospitals where nurses work around 13 hours in one shift are tricky but these days it's so much easier to register for a postal vote.
At one time you needed to be at death's door, if you know what I mean, to be allowed a postal or a proxy vote.
There is still a timeframe and voting deadline for postal votes but it means there is really no excuse for not voting if you are eligible.
And how many times have you heard "we do or did not get taught anything about politics in school?"
That has been the case on and off for years. Politics is of course taught in the public schools toffs attend ensuring they have an edge when it comes to elections.
Many older people adopted the habit of voting as a type of citizenship responsibility after watching their parents tootle off to vote. Family time TV viewing meant all age groups watched party political broadcasts and there was no live broadcasting from Parliament.
Currently it seems a younger generation wanting to appear more grown up than we were at their age are babies when it comes to some things.
The Internet is at peoples' fingertips and most younger voters are competent users of modern technology. Surely this means they can do a random search and find out what voting means for them, how to register to vote and register, which political party suits their views and actually vote?
Many times we hear and say "politicians are all the same" but that is not really true.
How about "politics does not interest me." Funny that one as politics ultimately determines what taxes you pay, education standards and so much more.
On May 4 you can help decide what matters in your area by voting in local elections
On June 8 you can decide which political party and people form the next government and what it will offer others.
Maybe you prefer to let others do it for you so that you can complain but if you do not vote you cannot complain.
This General Election could be make or break in many ways and on many issues and you have to be in it to win it.
Am I eligible to vote?
"To vote in a General Election you must: ... be 18 or over on the day of the election ('polling day') be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen. be resident at an address in the UK (or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years)"
How do I register to vote?
"When you move you need to re-register to your new address. If you want to register to vote in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote. To register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website."
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