How does a political party attract new voters, especially those young voters who are just about turning 18, and thinking of participating in politics for the first time in their lives.
When we think of the more than 10 years of NuLabour government indoctrination and propaganda that these young people have endured, knowing little else of the world around them other than what politically motivated school teachers and junk TV has taught them, and the likelihood that for the majority their Parents will have never discussed with them the finer details of politics.
It becomes a daunting task to convince young people that there is a free world out there, a world free of politics, free of indoctrination and free of government interference. Its just waiting for them to pick it up.
An eighteen year old today was born in 1990.
They don’t remember Margaret Thatcher. John Major stopped being Prime
Minister when they were seven. The huge political scandals of the last
conservative government are history.
To an 18 year old Labour are probably the natural party of government and fiscal prudence. They’re
also in favour of nuclear weapons, privatization of what’s left of the
public sector, and friends with George W. Bush (who is the only
American president they really remember).
The Soviet Union, the East German Stasi, Nazi Germany, and Napoleon
Bonaparte are all boogymen out of ancient history. The Apollo Project —
wasn’t that an old Tom Hanks film?
They probably remember 9/11 vaguely, and all the grown-ups being very upset. They were ten at the time.
The Simpsons have always been on Sky, and Kylie Minogue has always been a singer.
AIDS has been around forever, but there are meds you can take to cure it [not true, but a common misconception among the young].
Every adult had, and has always had, a mobile phone. They’ve had one of their own since they were eleven.
The internet has always been around. Cable or satellite TV has
always been around. CDs and DVDs have always been around (and are
boringly bulky). Freeview has always been around. iPods have been
around since they were ten. They’ve never seen a Sony Walkman, though
they’ve probably heard old farts mention them. And what did the coffin
dodgers do with those big black round things, exactly?
Nobody they know expects to ever hold a job for more than three years.
Homosexuality has always been legal. Abortion has always been legal.
The morning-after pill has always been available over the counter.
Handguns have always been illegal.
Nobody they know who is under 36 and not already a home-owner
expects to ever be rich enough to buy a house. The average house costs
as much as a helicopter or a top of the range Ferrari.
They’ll probably go to university, and come out of it with debts
equal to two years’ worth of their starting salary. (Roughly what
somebody twice their age paid for their first home.)
Lots of people take antidepressants. Everyone slashes themselves;
to an 18 year old it’s no big deal. (Statistics show a third of UK teens self-harm at
They had their first drink when they were 11 or 12. They first had
sex when they were 15 or 16. Only about 50-60% of them have passed
their driving test yet, although 90% are planning to before they reach
There have always been cameras in shops and schools and other public
places, although there are more of them than there used to be. Old
folks grumble about privacy, but really, you’re being watched wherever
you are, so if you don’t like it, get a hoodie.
Yes, for a Party like the Libertarian Party, its a daunting task. But, not impossible.
As if to reinforce my point, this in the Telegraph this morning shows just how much
detrimental change in schools has actually taken place over the past 10
years or so.
A fifth of British teenagers believe Sir Winston
Churchill was a fictional character, while many think Sherlock Holmes,
King Arthur and Eleanor Rigby were real, a survey shows.
is truly disturbing, and if accurate really does mean that the lessons
of history are being ignored and overlooked, and in all likelihood the
mistakes of the past WILL be repeated.
Paul Moreton, the channel
head of UKTV Gold, which commissioned the poll, said that while there
was no excuse for demoting real historical figures such as Churchill,
the elevation of mythical figures to real life showed the impact good
films could have in shaping the public consciousness.
What he is really saying here is that propaganda works….
What have our politicians done to our children !!!
They are responsible for creating a youth culture that doesn't know the
difference between fact and fiction.
I hope that lots of responsible parents will soon be screaming at their local schools, and at the same time home tutoring their children, to ensure that they know, really know what their grandparents endured to ensure the freedoms they enjoy today.
It really is time to put an end to this madness, it is time to get rid of this Government.
Should you have an interest in joining the Libertarian
Party, or would just like to register your support, please use the contact page on lpuk.org
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The message to the other political parties is clear.
The United Kingdom, its Institutions, its Peoples, its Culture, Constitution and history are not for sale.
“Your Life – Your Country – Your Choice”