Today, I’ve asked teens (14 – 18) what they think about the recent votes.
All words are their own and you’ll probably find some of them offensive.
In some statements, I only put their name initials for privacy reasons.
K. – 17 years old
“It’s some bulls**t. Too many people act like not taking part in politics is a personality trait.
If you don’t vote, how do you expect things to change?
You don’t see old white men passing up the opportunity to further deepen their hold on power. So why do these young people act like doing nothing is better than something?
These white old men and women won’t even be a part of the generation they’re affecting, yet we’re all allowing them to make all the decisions – as usual.
One person is all it takes to sway an election, so all the people who DO have the privilege of voting should not take it for granted. They should actually use it. I’m an immigrant.
I shouldn’t be telling these English folks that they are f***ing up their own country.”
Sia – 18 years old
“I am for labour but I don’t do politics, so I wouldn’t know much.
I think it’ll pull a lot of strain on us economically ’cause of the exchange. We get most of our stuff from other European countries, like Germany and Russia, so it’ll be a lot more expensive for us to get resources.
I don’t think it’s right that young people (16 – 17) don’t get to vote but then again young people are easily influenced and might pick a choice everyone else is picking and not thinking rationally.”
Nathan – 17 years old
“I’m fuming because going to uni isn’t going to be free and I’m going for 4 years.
Just everything will start to benefit those money much more. Public schools will probably end up being worse because there’s going to be more cuts.
But it’s okay for the rich to spend billions on roads just because they can.
Conservatives are just done out. Our prime minister is friends with Donald Trump.
I don’t think it’s right that young people don’t get to vote but it does make sense. Especially now, us young people live in a follow generation.
The amount of people that would’ve voted labour just because @imjustbait, Stormzy, KSI or Michael Dapaah told them to. I doubt they even read their manifestos. I think 17 is the youngest I’d go for to let someone vote. I’m not even into politics.”
R. – 14 years old
“Brexit is a good thing for the country.
It means less red tape and more exchanges with foreign countries.
Also there’s less boundaries, taxes and more income. They’ll be more positive exchange balance and a better off country which means happier people.
It won’t strain people economically but it will open more markets so more people to exchange with and more possibilities.
I don’t think teenagers (16+) should be allowed to vote, they’re not mature enough. Voting is a huge thing that is serious and could possibly harm others.”
Catherine – 17 years old
“So I think that there are a lot of people who are complaining about the result of the election and about Brexit. A substantial amount are saying that they want a second referendum. Fair enough, but the majority voted leave, so we have to leave – whether we like it or not.
Voting for Boris was essentially a second referendum in the sense that Corbyn wanted to have a second referendum (I think).
Boris wants to go ahead with Brexit.
I’ve heard people complain, saying that the new prime minister doesn’t care about anything and everything’s going to go s**t but they’ve mainly been exposed to London. They don’t know the effects of the Labour Party or the EU on the rest of the country.
It may be that Brexit is best for others.
I also think there’s been a lot of hate going around and at the end of the day, we’re all people.
We may have different opinions, but we’re humans and whether we like the situation we’re in or not, we should come together and respect each other’s opinions, instead of just screaming hate words towards each party and decision made.
At the end of the day, we just need to support each other and think everyone will get through this.”
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