2I have had an interest in politics for nearly a decade now. It has culminated with me studying the subject at the University of Exeter, along with Philosophy and Economics.
I was raised in a very politically engaged household – a conservative one at that. I remember clearly my first contact with politics as it was during the 2010 general election television debate. My brother pointed at the screen and asked my ten year old self who I would vote for. I pointed at David Cameron – he was wearing a blue tie (blue was my favourite colour) and I thought the one in red looked a bit odd. I was told it was a good choice.
Thankfully, I can say I know a little more now than I did then. I got over my affiliation with colour and looks, and dove deeper into economic and social policies, growing a fascination with how it can divide and manipulate populations. Now I believe my curiosity for politics is not stemmed out of conforming to those closest to me, but a natural urge to find out why and how our world is the way it is, and more importantly, what we can do to change it.
Presently, I would not say I align with any political party (much to my brother’s annoyance). There is the tendency for me to get quite opinionated with concern to equality, climate change and human rights, and I am an adamant defender of our NHS. However, in our existing leaders I do not hold association, or really any faith in them to achieve tangible progression.
Despite this, I hold the firm belief we should tackle every issue head on with active debate on both sides. With our current affairs it may seem easier to block out the political noise. Yet I hope many share my captivation with politics and see it is better to be a part of our changing world rather than an outsider looking in.