“Free schools make life better for children. Apprenticeships create jobs for young adults. And the much-maligned rise in tuition fees means a tax cut for most graduates” The Telegraph.
Yet when it comes to voting, young people seem to back a party that stubbornly stick to their opinions, never bothers to doubt, always thinks they know better, and vehemently believes in big, expensive state solutions even though all evidence contradicts them. Young people have a tendency to think Conservative and vote Labour.
For those young adult Labour supporters who believe in the romantic vision of socialism, who listen to the airy promises made to them do not understand or realise the reality of the outcome, THEY will be the ones who pay to repair the damage done. If they only read the history of leaders in the past who led such revolutions, they would understand that the country is going towards anarchy for the sake of a false promise of an ‘equal’ society. The reality of a Britain under Corbyn would be very very different.
Young adult Conservative supporters understand this. They understand the reality and they espouse common sense, determination, self-will and self-reliance.
It is the young adult Conservative voter who will determine our future, the time of the digital age, the time of people-power. They are the ones who will lead us. They are the ones who will take our country into a new political age. Only the Conservative Party will enable and be compatible with the future small state ideology of libertarianism, as well as staying united with traditional and liberal Conservatism.
Conservatives produce a stronger economy, higher levels of employment, more university places, apprenticeships and incentives to achieve. People who work hard for their money shouldn’t have to be hammered by the taxman, benefits systems should be fairer and the only thing that will help sustain our NHS is a strong economy.
Before the 2017 election, Britain seemed to agree and the Conservatives were significantly ahead in the polls. Then what happened? Corbyn planted a money tree and offered everybody something for nothing. Labour’s campaign was unaffordable, undeliverable and under-costed. Empty promises from a party who knew that they wouldn’t win and wouldn’t have to deliver anything.
Free university fees seemed appealing but young people weren’t told that actual number of places available will go down considerably and only the top A students will get to go to university (like in Scotland). Without fees, universities are totally under-funded and this will lead to limited tutor numbers and limited courses. Many places will be reserved for foreign students because they will be charged high fees to attend. This will be a desperately needed source of income but means that UK teens may not get a place. Competition will become very high, so if you are just an ordinary student with two C’s and a B at A-level, university may not be an option. Of course, they don’t tell you that in the Labour manifesto. Since the introduction of tuition fees (by a Labour government), university attendance has sky rocketed, as has the number of working class young people attending university.
The Left is becoming increasingly intolerant of the ideas of others. Tactics include bullying, intimidating and shouting down anyone else’s opinions (including moderate Labour members). The youth and student members of the British Left have given up trying to win arguments on principle, preferring to shut down the views of those their opponents. But we live in the time of mass media where anyone’s political views can be shared worldwide at ease. By pushing a “you can’t say that” attitude, the young Left in the UK are now reducing their opportunity to respond to conservative ideas, and, as a result of this, conservatism will rise. Conservatives must refuse to be shut down. We are entitled to your own views.
Unfortunately we are in an age of digital abuse. Why make a coherent argument when you can just shout ‘Tory Scum’ at people? This is just one tweet from a blog by ‘One Angry Voice’ (Thomas G. Clark) who has pleasure in posting ‘some of the best anti-tory tweets’. Abuse has become the new argument of the left with the usual baseless comments rising up time and time again; Tories kill the NHS, kill disabled people, hate poor people, have no compassion, are rich, are greedy etc. Labour are viewed as the party of the poor yet it is bursting with millionaires, many of whom have no connection with poverty and have never experienced it.
Of course, the Conservatives have no problem with millionaires. We believe that everyone (no matter what their background) should have the chance to strive for better, work hard and advance. But let us not kid ourselves that a red rosette makes us any more representative of the working classes than a blue one. Those days have gone. The election results show a changing trend in the rise of both working class Conservatives and middle class Labour voters.
Conservatives believe in small government and this should appeal to young people. Small government is government which minimises its own activities. Labour believe in constant state intervention (the so-called nanny state). Tories look to themselves to solve problem, whereas socialist tend to look to the state.
Capitalism is based on the concept of anyone being able to fulfil their own potential in life. Conservatives believe that our identities and values are formed through our relations with other people, and not through our relation with the State. Our rights and responsibilities as individuals are informed by customs that have stood the test of time and have been protected by the rule of law. In the modern world the State’s role is inevitably extensive, but Conservatives believe its reach should always be subject to challenge. It is therefore time to reaffirm the fundamental axiom of conservatism, which is that the State is not an end but a means. Civil society is the end, and the State is the means to protect it. The social world emerges through free association, rooted in friendship and community life. And the customs and institutions that we cherish have grown from below, by the ‘invisible hand’ of cooperation. They have rarely been imposed from above by the work of politics, the role of which is to reconcile our many aims, and not to dictate or control them.
I live in one of the poorest parts of the country. Every election people overwhelmingly vote Labour because they believe that it is a the party that represents the poor. But guess what? After decades of voting Labour the poorest parts of the country remain the poorest parts of the country. There is no evidence that Labour has done anything to lift these areas out of poverty and growing evidence to suggest the the Labour membership is becoming more and more middle class. They nurture a blame culture that creates division telling poor people; ‘It’s the rich that are to blame’, ‘it’s the Tories, they are scum’ and ‘only Labour can save the NHS’,
As a young person, vote for change. The Conservatives will give you;
- A strong economy where services thrive.
- A route to university even if you’re not an A-Grade student.
- A meritocracy, where your achievements mean something.
- A small government who encourage self-will and self-determination.
- Apprenticeships that provide the basis of a prosperous future.
- Free speech and an independent media.