The apathy debate

Are lazy voters really to blame?

Various Authors

Topics Politics

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Election 2001 and the Grey Vote: It’s the numbers, stupid

Youth apathy may be the big concern of the election – but it’s the Grey Vote that the parties really want. Why?

by Jennie Bristow

A-pathetic excuse

The major parties are planning short election campaigns that will not start until Blair announces polling day, for fear of ‘boring’ the electorate.

by Mick Hume

Wake up! The truth about youth apathy

So what if young people’s attitude to politics is ‘so what’? Every proposal made about how to engage them in politics will only make them more apathetic.

by Jennie Bristow

Diary of a first-time non-voter, 16 May

‘Surely it’s more apathetic and lazy to vote for a party you don’t really support just because you feel you ought to, than it is to refuse to vote with very good reason?’

by Ray Crowley

Voting by beer mat?

New Labour’s campaigning techniques assume young people will vote Labour after being handed a leaflet in a club, because we’ll associate Labour with clubbing. In fact, this just insults us.

by Fran O’Leary

The deserted ballot-box

Key facts and statistics: A picture of political disengagement in 2001.

by Jennie Bristow

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Topics Politics


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