In case you’ve missed the news or been living under a rock or something, there’s a British general election coming up in about three weeks. It’s a commonly conceived idea that students don’t vote, something that the City of York Council is determined to rectify through the bombardment of all student residences with 50,000 ‘register to vote’ forms. However, we are technically adults (even if we’re not functioning ones) so I feel its an important thing to have a say in our society. Whoever gets into power will be around for at least 5 years and if you want to moan about them you have to voted. Otherwise, you don’t really have a leg to stand on. To help with the decision I’m running a series of posts containing a run-down of the main players for your enjoyment:
Lets start with the big boys. Generally the favourite with the wrinklies, DavCam’s (David Cameron) party is attempting to win back some of the votes lost to UKIP on the immigration issue, proposing a four year rule which requires EU migrants to live in the country for this length of time before being entitled to benefits or access to social housing, and a referendum on EU membership by 2017. The mention of a long-term economic plan is a frequent occurrence in their manifesto, yet the word ‘cuts’ skirted around – benefits will be cut by £3000 per year. However, DavCam has pledged to give the NHS the £8 billion it has projected to need and is aiming to create a ‘Northern Powerhouse’ through investments in business. At the end of the day the Conservative aim is to get us out of debt through curbing public spending, something they promised in the last election and have thus far under-delivered upon.
How will this affect me?: Firstly, superfast broadband for all! Even the rural people. With an aim to increase minimum wage from £6.70 to £8 by 2020 and the promise of creating 2 million jobs and a full-employment Britain job prospects are looking up for us future graduates. My only concern would be that some of their policies feel like the ‘stick method’ of achieving this, especially with the benefit cuts and the scrapping of Jobseeker’s Allowance for 18-21 year olds in favour of a Youth Allowance that would only last for 6 months before needing to taking on community work or an apprenticeships.