I’d say my interest, my fascination, my love of Politics began with the hit US TV show ‘The West Wing’. Those who know me will know I cannot go a day without my Josh Lyman (Deputy Chief of Staff to the President) fix and talking something of Congress and Bills. When I began my Additional Study AS Citizenship course, UK Politics wasn’t nearly as exciting. But throughout time, it’s grown on me. I now love it, watching ‘The Politics Show’ on BBC and tuning in for nightly Election Broadcasts, all in the run up to the General Election 2010.
Despite being this interested, there are only a select few (my family and the Principal) who know who I’m voting for. Why? People judge you. I won’t go into who, how and why but I know I’m guilty of it – when someone says they’re voting for X, I immediately feel different about them. Despite having been reassured by even my closest friends they won’t judge me, this is the one thing I won’t say. After an experience I had in a Carlisle bar a few weeks back where I announced my extreme dislike for a certain politician and nearly got beaten up, I’ve learnt my lesson to refrain from strong opinions – at least in alcohol fuelled public.
People may think I’m hypocritical. I’m so inwardly interested in Politics, yet won’t discuss it, as I can’t without revealing the Party I’m supporting. Perhaps this will change after the Election, but for now, I generally keep schtum. I do think it’s important people vote if they can. British people complain and complain, and oh yes, complain, when we have the power to change our lives, change our Government, change our country for the future and for the better. Hundreds of beautiful powerful women died to gain the vote in the 1800s so us girls today can talk about boys and make-up? I don’t think so.
Embrace Politics. It takes 5 minutes to watch an Election Broadcast where you’ll find out about policies, manifestos, topics you care about; whether it be Education, the Environment, the NHS – you name it, every Party has a stance upon it. 5 minutes to google a party and check them out online. And if you’re still unsure, 5 minutes to fill out http://www.votematch.org.uk/ which will tell you who you could vote for. Politics thrills me, excites me; the fast paced world of ever changing opinions and the power to change our country for the better. New Prime Minister in the making …?!