No, don’t listen to your elders

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Contrary to what Nigel Farage says, last Thursday was a tragic day for our country, but more importantly for us – its young generation.

It didn’t take much for majority of Britain’s older generation to fall for the blustering rhetoric of the Leave campaign – 61% of those aged over 65 voted leave.

But then compare this to the slim 25% of those aged 18-24 who voted for a Brexit, a shocking statistic that has massive implications.

The hashtag ‘NotInOurName’ has been a popular trend on Twitter since the result was revealed, highlighting how distraught, outraged and cheated the majority of young people in Britain feel.

The Vote Leave campaign dismissed the numerous social, economic and environmental warnings as ‘scaremongering’. All they wanted to hear was ‘immigration’,’ ‘£350m a week’ and perhaps the most overused, deceptive and vacuous mantra in history: ‘Vote Leave, take back control’. Now these warnings have become the reality, and some who voted leave are even wanting to reverse their votes!

Then there’s someone like myself. I’m 17, six months short of 18 and I, like many others, had a prominent voice in the Stronger In campaign and cared intently about this momentous political decision. Yet, when it came to polling day I was powerless. Is it really fair that our futures have been decided by those three times our age?

This is a travesty. The young generation warned you, we tried to get our voices heard, but you ignored us. Though hindsight is a wonderful thing, now we have to live with your mistake. We can only cling on to the hope that we will rejoin the EU some time in the future.

 

Radio report on Tory leadership crisis

As experience in my ambition to become a broadcast journalist, I produced this Radio 4 World At One-style news report on the leadership crisis facing the Conservative Party. Today drama unfolded as Michael Gove was an ally turned rival when he sabotaged Boris Johnson’s bid for Prime Minister, leading to his withdrawal from the race.

Radio report on EU Ref renegotiations

As experience in my ambition to become a broadcast journalist, I produced this Radio 4 World At One-style news report on the long road ahead facing Britain in its renegotiations with the European Union. I feature clips of Nigel Farage MEP and Alyn Smith MEP speaking at the European Parliament yesterday, and of Jeremy Corbyn MP and David Cameron MP speaking at today’s Prime Minister’s Questions.

EU Ref: Interview with local councillor

Set against a stunning Barnstaple backdrop, I quizzed David Chalmers, Liberal Democrat councillor for Bickington and North Devon ‘Stronger In’ campaign co-ordinator, about why he wants to remain in the European Union.

This was published for polify.co.uk, a brand new local political engagement project, designed to reach out to all demographics, especially young people, using modern, unique, and innovative methods.

EU Ref: What local businesses think

 

Following a local Parish Hall debate, I heard the thoughts of Philip Milton, founder and owner of a North Devon financial firm, on the EU Referendum.

This was published for polify.co.uk, a brand new local political engagement project, designed to reach out to all demographics, especially young people, using modern, unique, and innovative methods.

EU Ref: What should young people vote?

I felt the voices of young people had been underrepresented in the national discussion over the EU Referendum, so following a local debate I chatted to two students, representing each side, about their thoughts.

This was published for polify.co.uk, a brand new local political engagement project, designed to reach out to all demographics, especially young people, using modern, unique, and innovative methods.

 

EU Ref: Interview with Julie Girling MEP

I filmed this interview with Julie Girling, MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, following an EU debate in North Devon.

This was published for polify.co.uk, a brand new local political engagement project, designed to reach out to all demographics, especially young people, using modern, unique, and innovative methods.