Jun
22

Young People and Politics on Radio One

posted on June 22nd 2009 in News & Youth Participation with 0 Comments

Last night on The Surgery, Radio One dedicated an hour to talking about young people and politics. 

Much of what was said reflects the experience we have through I'm Councillor in that young people do care about issues but not party politics.  A lack of clear information and good communication from politicians were major obstacles to a positive view of politics.

A couple of callers suggested setting up a party for young people.  A misguided view in my opinion as it assumes young people are all alike and that certainly isn't the case.

Votes at 16 had pretty much unanimous support as you'd expect.

Towards the end of the show they had a fellow called Shane McCracken on to talk about an online event that gets young people and their councillors talking (Politics conversation starts at one hour and my bit was at 1:46).  The event is called I'm a Councillor, Get me out of here!  Sounds interesting 😉

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