Many people our age have no idea which political party they should be following. Many people our age do not really have much of a political opinion.
I am not one of those people.
But I thought I could help any of you guys who were lost or struggling to identify where you belong on the political platform.
I have decided to write a series about the most popular political parties, just so that you guys can have a good knowledge of the basics, we’ll get into the nitty-gritty of everything later.
Let’s start with the Conservative Party.
Plain and simply David Cameron and his party believe in one thing – spending cuts.
The Conservatives used what is known as the deficit as leverage against the Labour Party to win yet another election back in May.
Deficit – ‘An amount (such as an amount of money) that is less than the amount that is needed)’ as defined by the merriam-webster dictionary.
In other words, the deficit is the amount of debt that the UK owes. This international debt is thought to be at roughly £1.53 TRILLION by March 2016, so it’s clearly not a small affair.
David Cameron claimed that his party has helped to ‘balance the books’ and since 2010 have halved the deficit, of course no one can know for sure if this is true (money is very complicated).
The Conservative Party have claimed to have reduced the amount of debt by cutting government spending and welfare. For example, by reducing the amount of Child benefits available. Whether you agree with this or not, the main reason as to why people vote for the Conservative party is because they have claimed to have reduced the deficit and are working towards economic security for the UK.
However, David Cameron is not a magical fairy that waves his wand and immediately reduces debt. Many people have suffered from his decisions, Us, for example.
In order to gain economic security for Britain as a whole, David Cameron must harness his money from somewhere, and sadly he has picked on students and young people. If like me, you would like to go to University, then life has been made much harder for you by David Cameron.
Currently, one year of university education has an average cost of £3000. To complete a 3 year bachelor’s degree, you would have to pay roughly £9000.
However, the Conservative Party have recently tripled costs so that one year costs £9000 and three years would cost £27,000! That’s enough money to put a deposit down on a house. So instead of me possibly owning a property one day for my family, I will be paying back that money from my monster-sized student loan. Meanwhile, a young David Cameron studied Philosophy, politics and Economics at the renowned Oxford University for a grand total price of absolutely nothing. Yep, education was free back then and now he wants me to pay for his free ride? Personally, I hold a bit of a grudge towards the Conservatives for placing huge repayments down on the rest of my life (bear in mind I am trying to be objective).
Many people our age do not support the Conservative Party, but that does not mean you have to follow the crowd. If you support their ideas about reducing debt and creating an economically stable UK, then you can know that your political opinion is based more around this party.
The Conservatives are notoriously more Capitalist than labour. They preach that if you work hard, you will gain reward. And what’s wrong with that? It seems pretty fair. However, it is assumed that this means that the conservatives cater only to the rich, and they do not care about the middle and lower classes. For example, as I have previously mentioned, the Conservatives have tried to make more money available by cutting benefits. The Chancellor of the Exchequer for the Conservative party (the guy who handles budgeting and money), George Osborne, has announced a two year plan to reduce housing benefits, so people struggling to pay their rent will no longer receive aid from the government. In this way, people often see the Conservatives as only for the rich.
But it is also important to understand their point of view. The benefits system in the UK is often abused by people claiming to need financial aid when they do not really need it. The Conservative government aim to cut benefits in places where they know that the system is being abused. For example, David Cameron has recently proposed a limit on the amount of child benefits given to EU citizens whose children do not actually live in the UK. This can be seen as fair, Britain should not have to be paying for children who do not really live in Britain, and so maybe the Conservatives are not the money-stealing monsters they are thought to be.
What do you think? Is David Cameron right to impose spending cuts and benefit reductions? Or is he being horribly unfair and allowing the rich to thrive while everyone else suffers? I hope that your answers to these questions can help you determine whether or not you are for the Conservative Party.
Still not 100% sure? You can always go and read up on more Conservative policies through their website: www.conservatives.com
But don’t make your decision immediately; we haven’t even got to Labour yet…