Ross Campbell is Chair of the Liverpool Young Greens. He explains why his first vote in a General Election will go to the Green Party...
Over the past four years young people have been hung out to dry by our government at every turn. Tuition fees, the abolition of the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), and a stagnant job market have massively restricted our opportunities, and to add insult to injury we’re repeatedly patronised, talked down to and ignored in equal measures by politicians and the media alike.
We didn’t cause the economic mess, and yet youth unemployment is still double the national average. The Tories and Lib Dems clearly aren’t listening, and with Labour promising to extend austerity into the next Parliament - coupled with Ed Miliband’s pledge to cut Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) for under-21’s - it’s a clear case of ‘vote red, get blue’ in the General Election next year. But that’s why it’s more important than ever that in 2015 young people across the UK use their vote and demand change, or risk facing another five years of being treated as an afterthought.
The Green Party would abolish austerity, instead investing in a low carbon renewable energy-based economy – a model which is already creating skilled, well-paid jobs elsewhere in Europe. The Greens would replace the national minimum wage with a higher living wage to prevent employers exploiting young people. The Greens would invest in a million new homes to solve the housing crisis, and we would also ensure that the richest in society pay their fair share through progressive taxation.
People say the Greens are a small party, but we’re not – we’re a huge party.
We have representation at all levels of governance within the UK, as well as 58 MEPs in the European Parliament from 15 different countries and 5 different regions. We’re leading the way in regulating the banking sector, and preventing irresponsible legislation like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty from undermining our democratic rights as citizens.
So in May 2015, use your vote and help us make a difference.
Think big – vote Green.