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Virtually Verdant



Joined: 05 Jul 2014
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 12:39 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

38 degrees is a wonderful organisation and I often sign their petitions. How is it that a small group of volunteers can get peoples confidence and support and deal with issues that are close to our hearts, but this cannot be done by the very people who claim to protect and support us? The same people who even after a big scandal about expenses are still ripping the country and the tax payer off......our politicians?

Small scale politics on a local level is the answer mee thinks and it's not often I agree with Russel Brand!

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: York
PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's very easy to influence politics these days, so few voters means a single voice is so much more significant. The trouble is, of course, that mos people just don't bother answering consultations and the like (but will likely spend more than an equal amount of time complaining about it).

Virtually Verdant



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 14 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rob R wrote:
It's very easy to influence politics these days, so few voters means a single voice is so much more significant. The trouble is, of course, that mos people just don't bother answering consultations and the like (but will likely spend more than an equal amount of time complaining about it).



Or voting for some 'wannabe' on X Factor. Personally I think that politics and political history should be taught in schools. For my O level history we covered 'The Battle of the Little Bighorn' and the 'Sinking of the Titanic'! What use was that!

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
Posts: 10128

PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 14 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As I was one of the first group of people to get the vote at 18, we did spend some time on politics as it was in the late 1960s at school to get us ready for the big event. I can't say I would like it taught as a regular thing in school as there are far more useful things that can be taught.

After all that, and us getting our majority before some of us left school, the Education Authority (all state schools were run by them then), tried to get those going on a trip to get their parents to sign a consent form. Some confusion about who was responsible for the 18 year old students!

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