With young people’s interest in politics dwindling after only 43% of 18-24 year olds voting in the last general election and 36% in the referendum it is vital that we find ways to encourage young people to take their opportunity to have a say in local and national politics. Doing their bit, Surrey theme park Thorpe Park is offering £20 tickets, under half the price of their usual £52.50 day tickets, to people aged between 18-24 who have registered to vote. These tickets will be valid from the 22nd-25th May.

It is yet unknown how many people took Thorpe Park up on their offer using their polling cards as proof but many have made their opinions known…

After reading comments from social media pages and news articles I was surprised to find a number of negative reactions to the deal. Some are claiming that the offer was discriminatory and “ageist” as only 18-24 year olds can make use of it. Thorpe Park’s response to these were that the offer was just aimed at that age demographic…

Also many seemed to speculate about Thorpe Park’s political position. Some telling them to “stay out of politics” and “isn’t this bribery” and insinuating that they are “paying for votes” for a particular party…

While others expressed their lack of faith in the younger generation. Annoyed at the fact that for them, voting was a given, very few people didn’t vote but now we are having to reward 18-24 year olds for doing what should be second nature.

 

However, people are showing some support for Thorpe Park. Like most things in our society there’s always at least a few people who find something negative to say about it. But many, of all ages, have applauded Thorpe Park’s contribution because at times like these, we all need to stick together and help and encourage each other and giving away less than half price tickets is a sacrifice for the company and if it works, many believe the positive effects will be endless.

Not only can a good turnout from any given demographic have a huge effect on the result, the benefits of getting into politics in general and knowing more about your country can never be a bad thing. Plus it is essential that we let everyone know, no matter what their age that their opinions are valid and their voices will be heard. The younger generation have less and less faith in the country and their representatives but their doubts are rational. In every day life young people are sterotyped, ignored and are constantly reminded of their inferiority, to the commenter above: who’s ageist now?

Many feel that young people voting is dangerous because they don’t know what they’re talking about.. Could this just be due to people being scared that the younger generation will vote differently to them? Could they feel threatened? Everyone holds their own opinion, but it should never be used to put down another group of people… that’s called discrimination.

So to everyone reading this article, please vote. As long as you know who you’re voting for and why, your vote counts, your vote is important, your vote is listened to. Lets go for a better turn out this year and lets see what younger people really think, and what we can do if we work together.