8 Things You Can Never Complain About Again If You CBA To Vote In The 2017 General Election
Ok so you can still complain, but these points are still valid.
Theresa May has called a general election on June 8th and if you’re over 18, it's your chance to have your say on which political party gets to run the country for the next five years.
But why should you get out there and vote when you could stay at home in bed? None of the parties are actually going to do much to look after your interests anyway are they? Err WRONG – if you don’t have your say then you pretty much can’t complain about any of the following things ever again…
1. The fact you basically can’t get an entry level job unless you have an Olympic medal and 10 years experience.
Ahh that old not-being-able-to-get-a-job-without-experience and not-being-able-to-get-experience-without-a-job chestnut. Luckily employment for young people is a major point of debate in this election, with zero hours contracts, day-one rights and a new living wage all being key ideas that the different parties are both supporting and opposing. Who knows, a vote one way or another could have a major impact on the job you get AND how much it pays you.
2. How much your avocado and poached eggs on toast costs
How much every single thing you buy costs is linked into our economy, and guess who regulates our economy and as a result, affects how much everything including your brunch costs? The government! You know, the guys you could’ve helped choose by voting.
3. The fact you're probably going to have to live with your parents forever
Thanks to both the state of the housing market and those towering student loans of yours, chances are you’ll be living with mum and dad until you’re about 45. If only there was some way you could give yourself more of a chance in getting out…like VOTING on for a political party that might make economic changes to address this, for example.
4. Having to use 3G like a big dumb animal
Chat about infrastructure might sounds boring AF, but who you vote for will actually affect how soon we have a better 4 and 5G network across the entire country. Important if you’re the type of person who wants to be able to Netflix your way through your daily commute.
5. How it’s a giant pain in the arse just to go to Rome for a weekend away now because you have to apply for a visa and do you even remember the good old days when all you had to do was pay £35 for a cheap flight and off you went.
Knock, knock. Who’s there? BREXIT – and while we’re yet to know what the exact effects of our leaving the EU is going to be, the different approaches our conflicting political parties have mooted could have a big difference on your holiday plans. While the Tories want to put and end to free movement and Labour say they want a softer approach, the Lib Dems have said they don’t support Brexit and would hold a second referendum on the issue before enacting it instead. A pretty big divide really, isn’t it?
6. That total idiot who mugged you and nicked your shiny new iPhone 7.
Because of course you didn’t have insurance, you’re not made of money. And while we’ll give you a free pass to complain for as long as you like about the dickhead who did it, it’s arguable that one of the only ways to address petty crime like this one and more serious crimes alike is simple: by voting for a political party making a commitment to do more to reduce it. *Shrug*
7. Having to work until you are about 110-years-old.
Retirement might seem reaaaaally far off right now, but if you’d rather retire to an exotic Caribbean island and spend all day laying on sands whiter than Donald Trump’s cabinet at the age of 65 over working well into your twilight years, you might want to think about which political party is going to do more to make this happen.
8. Old people telling you what to do.
Only 50% of men aged 18-to-24, and 39% of women, voted in 2010’s general election compared to 76 % of men and 73% of women over 55.
As such, young people were one of the most underrepresented age groups, meaning that the interests of your parents and grandparents are technically being represented more than yours at present.
Your grandma’s cool and stuff, but does she really share the same progressive attitudes about LGBTQ rights, gender equality, employment, welfare and defense etc as you do…? Worth thinking about.
Basically if you cba to read that whole thing then THIS is what you need to know:
Ok, so even if you don’t vote then you can of course technically still complain about whatever the hell you want because we’re lucky enough to live in a democracy. Yay us.
BUT what’s the harm in having your say? Even if there’s isn’t someone you actively want to vote for, you can still make a statement about the state of our political system and register the fact that there isn’t a political candidate or party doing enough to represent your views instead by spoiling your ballot.
Ultimately, the younger you are, the longer you’re going to have to live with the consequences of this election, so you might as well have you say…hadn’t you?
And here's a load of stuff you need to know about voting on June 8th...