Who Wins? You Decide

Good Morning everybody today I want to talk to you about the 3rd of May.

What’s happening on the 3rd of May you ask? It isn’t the Queens Diamond Jubilee, no, it’s not the start of the Olympics, it’s not some must-be-seen-at rave – it is the election for the Mayor of London. Now before you all start saying you can’t be bothered with politics because nothing ever changes you have to remember that only 56% of 19-24 year olds are registered to vote, meaning that almost half of the younger generation are denying themselves the right to choose who will be in charge of the city for the next four years. In two years time these will be the same people who let the general election bypass them and choose to let others elect another government they do not want.

I guarantee you have all had complaints about the current administration. Rises in fare travels? Spiralling costs of the olympics? Wasteful removal of bendy buses and reintroduction of routemasters? These are just the tip of the iceberg for a whole host of complaints Londoners face, why on earth anyone wanted someone like Boris Johnson in charge I’ll never know, but I have the right to be annoyed because I voted for someone else. If you don’t bother to vote, you are automatically stripped of an opinion – how can you criticize something if you wasted any chance you had to stop it? If all the unregistered voters had taken the time to trot down to a polling station the scenario could’ve been wildly different.

To make things a bit clearer, there is a campaign going on at the moment called U-Vote. The team over at U-Vote have put together a night of entertainment to encourage young people to take an interest in politics and voting, and all the mayoral candidates, Boris, Ken Livingstone and Brian Paddick  will be in attendance. The night will be hosted by Eddie Kadi and features a variety of musical performers, comedians and local and regional MP’s – there’s even going to be an Azonto competition hosted by Adot Comedian.

If you’re curious or unsure about voting, If you want to hear what the candidates will do to address the issues of the young people, or if you just want to impress Boris with your Azonto then please make your way down to the uVote12 event on the 14th April and learn how to make sure your voice is heard and your vote counts.

For tickets and more info about uVote12 please check out their website here.

Monica Rahman