Okay, I know the EU referendum has been and gone and I am aware that many blogs, media posts, tv reports and Newspaper articles have already been written, as well as hundreds of thousands of Facebook statuses and tweets and almost everything about ‘Brexit’ has been covered however I am very interested in politics and it was only really the last election and this referendum that I looked into it politics a lot more and found that I am passionate about the way our government works and about how the voting system works etc. This is mainly because I am old enough to vote now and so the saying goes, every vote matters (which if I’m honest, I think to an extent is sort of true, but it’s a majority vote after all, meaning if you vote for the minority, really your vote has made no difference at all which is why I think everyone needs to check out Owen Winter and all that he and many others are trying to do in getting our voting system reformed so that in fact, all votes do matter). Anyway turning back our attention to the EU referendum and why I am only now writing a blog on the subject but basically I had to wait until I had calm down a lot and could keep a lid on my thoughts and feelings long enough to not completely lose my shit…..!
I was one of the young people aged between 18-24 who voted remain on Thursday the 23rd of June, so you can imagine how annoyed I was when I woke up on the 24th of June to the Headline ‘We are Out’ and I am not going to lie, I felt very angry, upset and just disappointed for days to come and I felt like many other young people did too. To an extent I feel like the Young people who voted remain, myself included, have just lost their say for the future they want and have a right to. After all those aged 65+ who voted are not realistically going to be around long enough for the EU referendum to have any real effect on their day to day life, because they are not the ones going into higher education, or work, or looking to buy their first house and they are probably not going to be the ones who want to travel freely around Europe as the chances of that happening at that age are pretty slim… so how come their voices over shadow the voices of the new and young, up coming generation yet again?
I could of course complain and argue my points for staying in just as I’m sure those of you who voted leave can too. However instead of getting into that side of things I want to ask one very simple question. Why weren’t 16 and 17 years olds allowed to vote in this referendum? I am not usually too passionate about 16 and 17 years olds being allowed to vote and to be quite honest I’ve not really thought about it too much until this referendum however this referendum has sparked something inside of me that I never really knew was there.
When me and my brother went to the polling station to put our vote forward it was around 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon which just happened to be the same time that the school children were walking in their friendship groups through good’old North Walsham Town Centre. As groups of school children, some possibly aged 16 filled the street, I couldn’t help but wonder why they weren’t the ones walking into the polling station with me and brother? But instead my brother and I were accompanied by several old people and I mean old people (added emphasis on that second old) and I couldn’t help but be angered by this. I know I am generalising a lot here and I know young people as well as old voted to leave and of course old people and young people voted remain but I just think we should all stop for a moment and think, regardless of which way people voted, why weren’t 16 and 17 year olds allowed to vote when this is such a huge vote that will effect them in years to come.
Of course arguments can be made the people this age don’t know enough about politics or don’t care about anything other then going out with mates and complaining about how hard their life at school is blah blah blah but if we’re going to go down that route, many people of all ages don’t know a great deal about politics but still had the right to vote and that simply comes down to never really being educated on the subject of politics because it’s not a part of the school curriculum which is in my opinion dumb, because I think it could be very interesting and lets be real, we’re more likely going to need a knowledge of politics than knowledge on Venn Diagrams or the Quadratic Equation in life for crying out loud. But that’s a different blog for a different day. It is hard for me to think that people between 16 and 17 years olds didn’t really get a mention and no person or politician in a high position ever even thought about opening the vote on this referendum these young people, which I think is shocking and must be rather upsetting for those age 16 and 17 who did want to vote and have their say. After all, it could have been very different if they did.
Again I could sit here and complain about how the pound lots its value, how taxes is going to up, how our weekly shop whether that be clothing or food will again go up and that we are now looking at not only the separation of the EU but also the UK but I think by this point everyone knows the deal and it has now been a fair few days since the referendum and I think it’s all slowly calming down and people are beginning to accept the fact that the majority voted to leave the EU and there is now probably next to nothing that we can do because again, lets be real, the EU are not going to want us back no matter how hard those who voted remain protest and if we are being even more real, it looks the EU may not exist at all in 10, 20, 30 years to come. So instead of continuing to ramble on about how disappointed in the country I am and how tempting it is to leave the UK and migrate some place that’s wonderful I am instead going to talk about a couple of positives that will come out of the us leaving the EU….
The first being that David Cameron has stepped down (bare with me) which means we will now need a new Prime Minister and now that Borris Johnson has confirmed he want be running for the position, it leaves the role of Prime Minister open to other candidates from other political parties, a couple of these politicians being female. The former shadow business secretary Angela Eagle, is at the time of me writing this, looking to run as Labour Leader and Andrea Leadsome has gained lots of support from her fellow Tory grandees and not only that but another candidate Theresa May is looking in good contention too which could mean this next prime minister election could see the most female candidates running for any general election we have ever had which is pretty exciting in itself because as a Modern World Girl I could think of nothing better than have a female leader to look up to and inspire other females to follow suite, after all last I checked it is her Majesty The Queen who is running the country and she does a pretty awesome job at that so I’d like to believe a female Prime Minister would be just as awesome. I also want to make a point that a second positive to come out of the EU is that no one really knows just yet which way is it going to go for us, as in no one really knows if in fact leaving the EU could be the making or breaking of Britain, or England at least because it’s not been done before. I think that the idea of not knowing what the future holds for Britain is quite scary and daunting however if we vote for the right party and right politicians to come to power in October then we could see ‘Brexit’ changing the UK for the better eventually, like eventually, eventually. Or we might find that the effect is minimal and we all live quite contently for years and years to come and one day we may be able to look back and say ‘EU?? E Who??’ Finger crossed anyway.
Ps. Check out and sign Owen Winters campaign here or at least watch the video to hear what he has to say. You may find you agree with him ^^^^^^