Talking to People Involved in Politics... Gareth Epps from Lib Dem Youth & Students
We posed a series of questions to all the parties with candidates standing in the 2001 General Election. Here's what Gareth Epps from Lib Dem Youth & Students had to say.
Do you think Liberalism has as much appeal to today's youth as it did when your dad or mum were our age?
"Probably more so now as Labour has continued to ignore young people and disrespect their freedom in the same way the Tories did."
Why did you join the Lib Dems?
"After a General Election in which we didn't get the changes we deserved. I worked out that something had to be done and that something was me getting joined and getting active!"
Would you recommend going to jail for your beliefs?
"I wouldn't recommend it, but I can see why people do it. I think it's appalling that it can happen as a result of non-violent direct action."
Do you think the blandness amongst the political parties has caused apathy amongst our generation towards politics and politicians?
"No! The blandness has been caused by the media pillorying politicians who say anything interesting that doesn't fit into a bland party line. The absurd voting system that values a tiny number of middle-aged, middle-class electors above all else doesn't help either!"
What can we do to get older politicians to listen to us?
"Speak out. Make your views known. Protest where necessary. Get involved."
Why should young people get involved in politics?
"To make things happen for their communities, their friends, their families and future generations."
What has been your greatest political achievement to date?
"Personally and for the organisation: influencing the stated party policy and views of the Lib Dems to make them more free, more fair, more green and even more positive towards young people. Check out www.ldys.org.uk to find out more."
The above applies to the political process in the United Kingdom and follows the laws of the UK.
- The Pupiline Team