7 comments on “Russell Brand is wrong: young people should vote and schools should do more to encourage them
  1. solgamsu says:

    Wouldn’t necessarily disagree that more political education up to 18/19 would be a bad thing but I think you’re missing the point Russell Brand is making. The alienation and disillusionment that alot of young people feel from mainstream politics is quite rational, particularly given policies around higher education and the housing market. I don’t think more citizenship education is going to have much effect on that.

    • Germ Janmaat says:

      Thanks for your comment. Well, if young people stop voting altogether, which is apparently what Russell Brand wants, politicians are even less likely to listen to them. Alienation from mainstream democratic politics will only grow then. CE can make young people aware that it makes sense to vote. If young people voted as much as older ones, I’m sure the government’s policies on housing and education would be quite different.

  2. ingotian says:

    Russell Brand is a dangerous idiot. If young people think they are hard done by, they need to learn that they have power through the ballot box but only if they organise themselves and use it. Throwing away the only lever they have is just sheer stupidity.

  3. connection says:

    to fight the alienation and the disillusionment which solgamsu mentions the issue needs to be addressed, and earlier! there should be elements of citizenship education in primary (there are, but are there?)and political education should be compulsory in secondary; to include educating our youngs to watch the news (that is a starting point) but not necessarily imbibe what is said. To develop critical thinking. Young people are not near well informed enough to be engaged, and that is what is needed to sparkle their interest. Surely, advocating ‘no voting’ is totally wrong.

  4. Chris Wilson says:

    This post seems to be predicated on the ideas that if young people don’t want to vote for politicians then the fault must lie with the young people, who must be improved. Why doesn’t the problem lie with politicians failing to offer desirable or credible policies? Look at the economy, inequality or housing. There’s a consensus among mainstream parties which are likely to be in power to continue the failed policies of the past.
    Turnout in the Scottish independence referendum was 84%. No disengagement there. Why is that? Maybe the government should dissolve the people and elect a new one.

    • Sid Cumberland says:

      This post is predicated on the idea that if young people are not given the opportunity to discuss political issues as part of their education they will not become politically engaged.

  5. d says:

    The point is surely that society/economy/culture is strictly organised to benefit a very few, regardless of who is elected and that systemic fundamental change is more important than voting in a new ‘administration’. Brand is clearly subtly saying that the way to make real revolutionary change might only be with real revolution.

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