Nick Preston, Apprentice at TIHR, raises his voice and is heard in the Guardian…
A co-editor of the Guardian recently reached out to young people via Twitter and asked them to email her regarding their concerns and thoughts surrounding the upcoming EU Referendum. My email focussed on making the positive case for the EU, seeing it as this diverse ‘hub’ of free movement, trade and knowledge/experience and I talked about how I value some of the things that the EU has enforced, such as workers’ rights and how this affects me as an apprentice.
I was, however, wary of the turn that the whole debate has taken, not only causing disillusionment among young people but it seems to stretch across all age groups with so many potential voters polling as ‘Undecided’ – it’s clear that sensible debate seems impossible.
Somewhere between the disingenuous patter of ‘facts’ and the loud shouting about SOVEREIGNTY and NATIONALISM, the reasoned arguments for a system capable of being democratised have fallen on an underwhelming amount of ears and I feel that young people (and future generations) will be hit hardest by the decision on June 23rd. Yet if the London Mayoral Elections are anything to go by, they aren’t voting.
Here’s a piece in the Guardian that I contributed to, sharing my apprehension in 300 words.
Update 2017: Nick Preston is now a Research Administrator at The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR).