Amy Hart, a former Love Island candidate, has joined the My Life My Say campaign to encourage young people to register to vote and ensure their voices are heard in the upcoming May election
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Given the state of British politics today, you would be forgiven for thinking we’ve all watched a reality TV show.
A far cry from Casa Amor, this island’s politics seems heartless and incoherent. So it’s no wonder that many young people in positions of political power feel disgusted.
Former Love Island contestants like me are no stranger to seeing people get pied. Our politicians get the same reaction from young people, as a recent poll by Opinium and My Life My Say shows that the majority of 18-24 year olds do not trust politicians.
When it feels like we’re being constantly robbed by those in power, it’s easy to respond with apathy and withdrawal. Even when a political leader seems your type on paper, they often disappoint.
Then why am I asking people to register to vote today? Why bother when we feel like politicians are failing us no matter what we do?
Tomorrow is the annual National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) in the UK. I joined the My Life My Say campaign to get young people to register to vote.
The award-winning organization has been engaging and inspiring British youth in politics since 2013, encouraging young voter registration at every NVRD. This year is particularly important as it is also a deadline – you must register by midnight tonight to be eligible to vote in the May 5 local elections.
It’s a myth that young people don’t care about politics. We are tired of hearing this lie. The same Opinium survey clearly showed that most young people feel that politicians favor the richest and most powerful in Britain.
From the cost of living crisis to the climate movement and beyond, activism is on the rise among young people. This is not apathy; it is anger.
The anger young people harbor against those elites who are being punished for breaking their own laws while making education more expensive is justified. But democracy isn’t just about arguing against sky-high bills or rip-off rents — it’s about the value of those democratic rights themselves. The world is reminded once again that our democratic rights should never be taken for granted.
The May elections will be a crucial moment to send a clear message that young people care. Democracy means that our words are followed by deeds. Whether you protested on the street, via an Instagram post, or in a group chat, remember to voice your demands by voting as well.
The frustration that Britain’s youth are taking directly to politics will not be resolved overnight. We are fully aware that democracy is a long process that requires commitment and action to build the society we want.
This isn’t Love Island. We can’t kick everyone off the show. But we can only take control of our future if we take control of today.
Let us send a message that we may be harassed. Let’s tell the country that it’s not okay to exclude the youth from politics. Let’s make our local presence noticeable. Register today to vote; and have a say in May.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/mays-elections-key-young-people-26707654 "May's elections will be crucial for young people to show they care about politics"