My baby has just turned 18, a big milestone for many reasons. She can go to the pub and buy a pint, she can get married, join the army and donate organs all without my permission but most importantly she is a first time voter!
She has a hand in the future of parliament and has her say on the running of the country.
We have had birthday cards from our local MP, advertising from some of the parties wanting to win her vote – I have to say they have mostly been thrown in the bin or returned un opened. It appears she is not a fan of the current administration or their bed fellows – I’m not surprised to be honest!
The press tells us that the youth of today are disinterested in politics, disenfranchised by the powers that be and apathetic about the whole process. Are they though, or is it because everyone keeps telling them they are?
Well as parents it’s down to us to make sure that they’re not! We need to encourage an interest, a sense of social justice and make them want to take part. We should vote, take them as small people with us to the polling station, talk to them about the process and what happens and why it’s important.
People fought and died to get the vote and we owe it to their memory to use the vote wisely and revel in the power they fought for.
It was a proud parental moment watching Splosh making a cross in the little box when he was 18, and it won’t be any different in a couple of weeks when Bernard does it. Taking their place in society, making their feelings known and striking a mark for a better place for us all.
And god help the exit pollster who asks who she voted for! They are not going to like the lecture they get about female emancipation and the right to a confidential vote – with historical examples and context….. maybe I should video it!
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