….so why should anyone pay the slightest attention to your opinion?
Ukip’s recent rise in popularity and the increased fervour behind talks of an EU referendum has placed the matter of the UK’s future within Europe at the forefront of the mainstream agenda. But when I read these headlines, something just doesn’t ring true. David Cameron’s claim that the people of Britain are unhappy with the relationship between Britain and the EU does not reflect my own experiences – or those of my peers.
Selina Nwulu is an environmental and human rights campaigner. She is also a writer and researcher focusing on social justice, politics, education, and gender. She is member of Black Feminists and writes in a personal capacity.
Oh. OK, then…
A recent report from the Fabian Society shows that the majority of the 18- to 34-year-olds surveyed claimed they would vote yes to EU membership in a referendum. Far from donning rose-tinted glasses about the current state of the EU, the report reveals that the majority of young people, despite economic instability and the burgeoning eurozone crisis, still feel positive about the UK’s involvement within the EU.
And why is that? Why do you feel positive, I wonder?
My Erasmus year instantly placed me within a network of young people from 27 countries and reputable universities to study in. To be exposed to so many different opportunities, cultures and people (and given a grant for the privilege) all under the umbrella of “Europe” connected me to the EU in a way that makes the overly simplistic makings of the EU referendum derisory.
Aha! Well, it’s a pity they are throwing their (our) money down the drain, then. Because as you yourself are forced to admit, you can’t trust the youth to actually hold up their end of the bargain:
The reality is that young people are less likely to vote – and issues surrounding Europe are no exception; only 29% of people aged 24 or younger voted in European elections in 2009.
However, it would be lazy to mistake this lacklustre political presence among youth for apathy.
Really? Seems like that’s exactly what it is, to me…
It’s a chilling and all too familiar story, to listen to the constant stream of white middle-class rightwing politicians claiming separation from the EU would be best for the country as they prove time and time again that they do not speak for me or the majority.
You mean, your small, narrow, unrepresentative circle?
Instead of flailing and jumping to the drum of Ukip, it’s time the Conservatives listened. We need Europe and future generations should not be left bearing the consequences of decisions they did not make and outcomes they did not vote for.
Sounds like they don’t really care about voting so much, no matter what. And…somehow that’s all the grown-up’s fault?