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The U.K election: What you should know

The country is moving in a new direction, but is it the right direction?

After weeks of confounding interviews and articles, we’ve had the obstinate woman Theresa May up against the conversant Jeremy Corbyn in a election which many have described to not only be confusing but rather ‘boring’. I honestly believe that politics is a risky business to get into, there is so much more than what meets the eye.

This article is based on some of the propositions which labour is promising, you’ll find my opinions and views on conservative in ‘politics, risky business part2’

Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her keynote address on the second day of the Conservative party annual conference in Manchester

Being seventeen years of age and labelled ‘infantine’ and ‘inchorent’ by many members of the public not only that but, I am said to be too young to vote, I must wait another year before I am considered intelligent or aware enough to make such ‘big’ decisions. When the agreement was made that there were to be no reduction in the voting age I looked around me at all the eighteen year olds and the other people who were considered to be ‘adults’ and chuckled. In other words, I was being told that my age determined my level of intelligence or my awareness on the issues we were facing as a country. I won’t go into it any further as I’m sure you’ve read copious amounts of articles written by young ADULTS like myself stating their disapproval of the idea of not being able to vote.

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“The rise in debt due to the fact that people are unable to pay back what they owe is ridiculous.”

Sadly, a pittance amount of my generation take general interest in politics which is rather disappointing especially because of the huge impact these elections can have on their own lives. Although, the elections may be seen as political musical chairs they’re very important. After watching one of the interviews on BBC I was rather impressed by Labour and their supposedly ‘indubitable’ care for the ordinary people. Making all sorts of promises from the increase in wages to cutting tuition fees for students.

“Jeremy Corbyn to say party will seek to provide free tuition for EU students in UK, with reciprocal arrangements in Europe”
Hearing Jeremy’s proposition of cutting fees for those enrolling to uni this year, at first I thought how could anyone discountenance such an idea. The rise in debt due to the fact that people are unable to pay back what they owe is ridiculous we have seen record numbers of young people entering higher education, having to drop out because of the fears of not being able to pay back what they owe. Further more to this, many people especially here in Britain never reach the point where they have the acceptable income to freely pay back what they owe and because of this each month, each year their debt increases. This article would be filled with innumerable statistics to back up my points on the amount of people that do not attend uni but, we rarely see accurate statistics on how many or what proportion of people actually do and do not.
Referring back to Corbyns ‘offer’ on the cutting of tuition fees which may sound very propitious at first especially for the younger generation.

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“Is Britain in a stable position financially to make such drastic and somewhat unrealistic decisions like this?”

But, my question to Corbyn and his fellow party members is, Is Britain in a stable position financially to make such drastic and somewhat unrealistic decisions like this? – what exactly is Britain gaining from this. After reading the guardian article I came across a rather interesting quote taken from the man himself “Labour will lift this cloud of debt and make education free for all as part of our pcan make things clearer for you as the reader then here it is – “The UK Government owes more than £1.6 trillion to its creditors. If you want to compare that to the UK’s population, then the national debt attributable to every man, woman and child is in the region of £24,900 each”. This was taken from 2016, lets suppose we’ve managed to pay some of our creditors and our debt has reduced to 1.3? Not an ideal or significant difference if you ask me. Without a doubt I am all up for helping the community, the younger generation and so on but, how long will this last? Will my children be affected by the increase in debt that this country will have? – I understand that Jeremy Corbyn has carefully laid out a plan which shows how the money will be ‘found’ and used, one of the ways will be by increasing the tax which the rich pay. I certainly agree that this is better than Conservative who in fact take away more money from the poor/working class.

On the other hand, as much as I want to believe all of this and hope that it will come to pass, how can we be sure all of this will happen? my question is how long will this last. We have another election after few years or so, will all of this be a long term benefit or a temporary luxury which leads to more debt.

 

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