A recent publication from DEMOS institute, ‘An Anatomy of Youth’, examines how politicians in Britain must address policy relevant to young people:

“politicians will have to do more than associate themselves with the trappings of youth culture to prove their relevance. They need to start taking their cue from the values and concerns of the next generation of British citizens and find a convincing way to describe the future they face.”

It is a compelling argument that translates easily from a British context to anywhere else in the world, stressing if the next generation is expected to take responsibility for the world they inherit they must not be politically marginalized but engaged seriously by politicians.

Government must work hard to ensure young people are brought into the political fold rather than ignored, see our recent media release on the Electoral Referendum Bill.