No, don’t listen to your elders

I argue my case for opening the vote to 16 and 17 year-olds, citing the relative influence of older voters in the EU referendum result.

A Labour Party in pieces

We all knew that there would be a political fall out in the event of a Brexit, but we never expected it to be this sudden and extreme. The Labour Party is crumbling before our eyes, disintegrating into chaos, and its very own leader is at the epicentre of it all.

Jo Cox, the “wonderful woman”

Jo Cox wasn’t in Westminster for the thrill of it. She was there to initiate real, effective, long-lasting change, and no one could get in her way.

Sports Direct: A catalogue of failures?

We’ve all been there. We’ve dragged our feet under the giant red, white and blue sign, collapsed through the doors and entered the maze of unfolded clothes and crammed in ‘99% OFF’ offers that is, in a nutshell, Sports Direct.

The Voice FM interview – youth political engagement

On Wednesday, 1 June, David Vaughan (co-founder of new political engagement project http://polify.co.uk) and I were interviewed on Paul Hopper’s breakfast show on local radio The Voice FM. We discussed the project as a whole, the upcoming EU debate that David is chairing in Braunton and I brought my perspective on young people and politics to…

For young people, there’s more to the EU Referendum than just statistics

I know I’m not the only young person who is sick of all this petty squabbling over the European Union. As we saw in the BBC’s ‘How Should I Vote’ debate aimed at those aged 18-29 in Glasgow last Thursday, students across the country want answers, they want certainty, they want prosperous futures. As one undecided audience member put it to the panel: “I have no idea what to do, and I blame you lot entirely for that”.

We must hold government responsible over the Panama papers

The recent leak of 11.5 million documents from Panamanian-based law firm Mossack Fonseca has sparked global outrage. And quite rightly so. 143 politicians from around the world, 12 of whom are current or former national leaders, were revealed to be evading the law and going to every length to avoid paying tax. Yet the British media and political storm that has erupted since the leak has distracted us from the fundamental issue.

Young people and our government

The doors flung open in North Devon’s 111 polling stations at 7am on 7 May 2015, as did they in thousands of others around the UK. Millions of people aged 18 and onwards confidently carved their cross; black on white paper. The grand halls of Parliament and the wonderful structures that line Westminster’s streets held their breath, as did we.