During this election campaign, I have had the tremendous opportunity to speak with people of Bollington. It has been great to hear what you are passionate about and I’m pleased that the majority of you feel as passionately about the issues facing Bollington as I do.
I have been lucky enough to briefly chat with a few residents of Bollington who just cross the threshold to vote. I have asked them if they are voting in this election and most feel rather ambivalent towards the election in general.
If you are 18 and can vote, I urge you to do so. You may feel like it doesn’t affect you. I believe it does affect you and let me explain. For the sake of the argument let’s say you are 18 and registered to vote. Right now your 18, at college, off to Uni in September, or even already working. You have found the pub. Right now you have no responsibilities apart from perhaps a mobile phone contract, gym membership and a bit of rent to your parents. But the next 5 years of your life are going to be extremely important and you will no doubt experiences some significant life events.
In the next 5 years, you will graduate. What about your student debt? What is the jobs market going to be like? Will there even be a job in the sector you wish to work? What if you are currently in an apprenticeship, what will your jobs market look like in 5 years time?
In the next 5 years, you may enter into a more serious relationship, you might even have babies. What about the benefits you are likely to receive? Child Tax Credits, Child Benefit, Maternity and Paternity leave and even free childcare?
In the next 5 years, you may be looking to purchase your own home. You may be renting. What are the plans towards the housing market and rental market put forward by each of the parties that are in your interest? Think, how does this affect me or how will this affect me?
Right now, these are not issues that are important to you, but who knows what the next 5 years will bring and what position you will be in. What ever happens, in the not so distant future one of the above factor will no doubt be a priority in you life, even if it doesn’t matter to you right now. One day it will and right now, you have a chance to have your say on how this country is run and how it will affect you for the better.
Right now, it may not seem important, but time goes by fast and the next thing you know the next 5 years will have past and your life will have changed so much; for better or worse, but you can influence that with a vote.
You may think it is pointless. “What difference does one vote make?” I answer with this; the snow flake is one of natures most fragile and delicate creations. But when all the snowflakes stick and work together, they literally change our landscape and how we see, live and experience the world.
You vote could be that snowflake.