“It’s Time To Get To Work” *Election Results Opinion*

Well, who saw that coming? Against the onslaught of mainstream media and far right belittlement, Labour have made massive gains in the Commons and Theresa May’s attempt to strengthen her Brexit hand has backfired massively. This is, without doubt, a huge victory for progressive politics in the UK and a shake up of our political landscape for the better. It is important to realise at this time that the battle is not yet won however, with the Conservatives still holding the most seats in Parliament and looking to form a coalition with the DUP (who oppose same sex marriage and abortion  rights). However, we on the left find ourselves in excellent stead to surge forward and change our country and society for the better. The young and poor have had their voice heard and challenged the establishment, the desperate cries of a ruling class are falling on more and more deaf ears and the winds around us seem to be pushing us in the right direction. Now, in the words of Ms May herself, it’s time to get to work.

 

Elijah Peart

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Whatever the result, the struggle goes on **SNAP! GE Opinion**

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a short opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Below is the latest piece from one of our members:

My initial reaction when the election was called was a contradicting mixture of anger, excitement and despondency. Anger, at the audacity of Theresa May to U-turn on her promise not to call an election, leaving so little time for the opposition to collect themselves and form effective campaigns and so soon after the previous election and the divisive Brexit referendum; excitement, because, in all honesty, I take sick pleasure in watching the political circus and election times are always the most interesting; despondency at what I saw as the inevitability of another 5 years of Tory rule, which would bring shrinking civil liberties and further neglect of the most vulnerable and destitute members of society.

However, as they say, a week is a long time in politics; and a month is even longer. During election periods, people who ordinarily have little time for politics feel compelled to educate themselves and enter the discourse. What we have seen as a result of this, is that the carefully cultivated character of Theresa May’s (or should I say Lynton Crosby’s) Iron Lady 2.0 has been exposed as little more than a mirage covering up a snivelling wreck of a woman, incapable of coherent unscripted human interaction and without any real vision for the future of the country, beyond more debilitating cuts for the many and more tax breaks and subsidies for the few. In a more fascinating turn of events, the narrative built around Jeremy Corbyn by mainstream media outlets over the past two years has almost entirely collapsed as he has grown into the campaign magnificently. I must admit, I have long been disparaging of Corbyn and disagree with him on many issues, not least the parliamentary route to socialism. However, he has shown himself to be passionate and impressively resilient and in the process, has transformed into just the thing we have been consistently told he could never be: a leader.

This being said, Corbyn will not deliver utopia; not only does their manifesto not go far enough, but even in the almost impossible scenario in which Labour win a majority, they would face savage resistance at every turn from corporations, banks and the corporate led media as well as most of the political establishment – including members of their own party. However, if we know that Corbyn will not deliver utopia, the last 7 years have shown we can be sure the Tories will deliver a special kind of hell.

Whatever happens, we must remember that change for the people must be made by the people; we must create it from the bottom up, not mandate others to create it from the top down.  I (and the rest of Pre-Qual, as well as the many other grassroots political organisations which exist in our city) will continue to do what we know works, and the only thing which can guarantee improvement in the material conditions of people’s lives; fighting, each and every day, to better the lot of every community and individual and create a free and equal society for all.

 

Join the Critical Mass demonstration of Friday night: https://goo.gl/m3wFo4

Some grassroots politics you can get involved with in Brighton and Hove: US! (Pre-Qual), Brighton SolFed, Love Activists, Sisters Uncut Brighton, Brighton Antifascists, Operation SafeWinter, Brighton Benefits Campaign, Brighton Against Detention, Platform BBrighton Hunt SaboteursBrighton Migrant Solidarity, Brighton Expression Sessions, Plan C, NFA Residents Association.

If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram or at on our email, prequal.uk@gmail.com

I have hope that Britain will make a positive choice **SNAP! GE Opinion**

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a short opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Below is the latest piece from one of our members:

For me, the value which I hold most dear in terms of societal structure is equality. I’ve always fiercely believed that everyone deserves the same opportunities and should be valued fairly for the contributions that they make to our communities, which everyone does in one way or another. I have been extremely fortunate in the standard of education I’ve received and I’ve never fallen seriously ill, but what I know is that around the country our public services are failing the people that need them most. The neo-liberal economic model of marketisation and private-ownership has not served to render services more efficient, in fact their efficiency has degraded as prices have increased. Since this model was adopted under Thatcher, inequality has grown until we now have one of the most unequal industrialised societies in the world. For me this is absolutely unacceptable and I will be voting Labour as I believe that they are the only party who currently have the will and potential means to go some way to tackling this problem.

When the snap election was called, I was furious. To me it demonstrated Tory arrogance and I saw it as a blatant piece of political maneuvering in order to try and secure a larger parliamentary majority, wrapped up in claims of seeking stability and mandate, to me it just seemed like a power grab. I was worried because I feared that the British public would sleepwalk into another five years of brutal austerity and a Brexit that would take some of my dearest friends out of the country. One such friend who I work and study with, has been told she should expect to leave the country in 2019 after the negotiations are over. I feel genuinely sickened that this is how we are treating bright young people who are bringing nothing but positive energy to our communities and economy. Labour have guaranteed the right of all EU workers and nationals already here to retain their rights, for me that is reason enough to vote Labour. A vote for the Tories who have refused to accept this time and time again, is literally going to tear lives apart.

However now, as the polls are narrowing, I have hope that Britain will make a positive choice on June the 8th. In this age of social media, people have unprecedented access to information that was previously funneled through media monopolies and oligarchs. I think as Labour and other progressive parties gain momentum people are starting to break free of this cycle of negative news and naysaying, and starting  to see that Jeremy Corbyn is a realistic, sensible and compassionate choice for our next Prime Minister.

 

If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram or at on our email, prequal.uk@gmail.com

I’ll be using my vote tactically **SNAP! GE Opinion**

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a short opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Below is the latest piece from one of our members:

There’s two sides to any story, sometimes more. As in, there’s good and bad to both holding a snap election and within the parties. My initial reaction was relief. I’m still only 18 so this will be the first general election I’ll be able to vote in. Two years ago, I just missed the age bracket (despite being well informed and honestly rather grief stricken when the Conservatives managed to stamp out their liberal influence). Especially as the Lib Dems had said they would cut tuition fees, it’s one of the first items to be scrapped when they decided to merge their manifestos at the beginning of their coalition. When the Tories won the next time round, I was sure I would be starting my life up to my neck in student debts trying to scramble together an education in order to compete with those Eton boys. So however much I dislike May, I’m grateful we’ve been given the opportunity to set things straight.

Right now, there’s a divide. Not only between left and right but the lefties are bickering amongst themselves over Green/Labour/Lib Dem, while others simply idle over Corbyn or despise him. Therefore the Tories remain clamouring victory, as the only party they really need forgo is UKIP and they have enough safe seats to pretty much snooze until the 8th of June. Hence calling the election, changing constituency borders and micro-managing what press is allowed to release.

With all this going on, who can even be bothered to read manifesto’s where they make promises but never deliver – but that’s how they want us to feel.

Each party points out the flaws of another in promoting their ideals. We’re never all going to agree and there will always be some discomfort.

However, we’ve seen how capable the Tories are of governing as of late and it’s been atrocious. More cuts than a set in Hollywood and the actors aren’t half as attractive. We saw David Cameron resign after hearing about his antics with a pigs head, offshore accounts and brute conduct  towards Jez in the House of Commons all because he wore brown and Dave didn’t like it. Then Theresa May promised not to hold an election, yet here we are. And why is that suspicious? Because they’ve been lobbying, preparing, pushing to win and they’ve given themselves yet another head start in life against the hard working, working class of this country and wonder why people don’t bother to vote…

I’ll be using my vote tactically this time round. I don’t see a problem with having Labour, Liberal Democrats or Green in, as long as it’s not Tories for another 5 years. Austerity only rises with them in control, I say get the Tories out. Unless the left can pick a party and stick to it, this may be the only option we have to see real change with this election.

Here’s a web address that tells you who you need to vote for in order to get the Tories out:

https://www.tactical2017.com

 

If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram or at on our email, prequal.uk@gmail.com

Talk about your vote! **SNAP! GE Opinion**

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a short opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Below is the latest piece from one of our members:

The first thing I wanna say is, talk about your vote!! Talk about politics in public!! Don’t be scared about letting politics out. It runs our lives every day. Public opinion is so often purchased from media moguls like Rupert Murdoch that we have to open positive discussion with people from all backgrounds and viewpoints in order to establish fair democracy, and for us to learn from each other.

I think my stance on this snap election is pretty different to how it would usually be within a GE. I’ve always felt very against tactical voting, lesser of the two evils kinda thing, fuck that because it isn’t democracy. But this is a tactical election, only to increase our wicked overlord’s mandate and increase the duration of Tory ruling while the opposition was scattered. So I’m behind the notion of tactically voting the Tories out to shit.

The Progressive Alliance, although some of the parties involved are not so “progressive” have got it right, stepping down in certain constituencies to allow another “left” wing MP to gain more support. If the left coalition ever forms, it’s time to start pressuring them for proportional representation.

Now I’m not calling Corbyn the lesser of two evils, I see that Corbyn is an incredible person, a humble politician who has always stuck his neck out for the good of others. His voting record says it all, has frequently gone against the Labour party wishes, in order to avoid corruption. That’s allegiance to the people, which to me beats allegiance to a system or party.

However, the Labour party is essentially still filled with Blairite, warmongering, MP wage raising, education fee meddling scumbags. Tories in red. I don’t want those people in power, but I want them more than Theresa and her tribe of jeering, kiddy fiddling, election stealing fuckwits.

Normally I vote Green, they care for animals, the environment, education, public health, wage equality, proportional representation. Basically things we all want access to, which I feel is real democracy. I live in Brighton Pavilion and so still can to vote the Tories out through re-electing Lucas, but if I lived just a few more miles out, my vote would, hesitantly, be for Labour.

If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram or at on our email, prequal.uk@gmail.com

We must seize this opportunity **SNAP! GE Opinion**

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a short opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Below is the latest piece from one of our members:

This general election signifies – to me – the powerlessness of ordinary people when it comes to parliament and procedure. A un-elected prime minister with no mandate who is purported to be the “most popular leader” of recent years, has hoisted us by our underwear and decided we must elect a new government – with barely 60 days to consider. For so many years, we as a people have been at the mercy of the whims of our elected “representatives”. We have little real power to shape the decisions made on our behalf in the Houses of Lords and Commons – or so it seems.

The reality is that this election is an opportunity: an opportunity to come together as citizens and demand something different. Whether that something different is represented by Corbyn’s Labour, the Green Party or by simply spoiling the ballot to register your displeasure in the current system, we must seize it with both hands. I urge every one of you to vote, as democracy cannot be passive – we must continuously fight for the health of society. We must educate ourselves on the issues that surround our society and voice our opinions accordingly. Together we can craft a society for the betterment of all, and you can take the first step towards it on June 8th.

If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook,Twitter, Instagram or at on our email, prequal.uk@gmail.com

We need to stop clinging on to outdated systems and start looking forwards **SNAP! GE Opinion**

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE ON JUNE 8TH, REGISTER TO VOTE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a short opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Here is one of our members explaining, in no uncertain terms, why she’ll be voting in a parliamentary election for the first time on June 8th:

This snap election will be the first time I’ve ever voted in parliamentary (or local) elections, not because it’s the first time I’ll be old enough, and not because it’s the first time I’ve cared about politics. I was 18 during the 2015 general election, and was getting into direct action after studying politics at A level and deciding I wanted to be involved in the struggle for a better society. When I didn’t vote, I was criticised for complaining about a system which I wasn’t even participating in, I wasn’t using the voice the suffragettes had fought so hard for me to have. For me, withdrawing my consent IS using my voice; I refuse to legitimise this sham of a democratic system, I refuse to vote for the lesser of two evils. First Past The Post (FPTP) is bullshit. Our two party system is a joke. The fact we still have a monarchy AND a House of Lords is ridiculous. Neoliberalism is broken and capitalism is failing ordinary people, and we need to stop clinging on to outdated systems and start looking forwards.

Although that has been the stance I’ve taken on voting, politics is never cut and dry, and context is also key. Having said all of that, I have come to the conclusion that to not vote during this election based on principle, and out of a desire to not legitimise a failing system, would be wrong. As a political activist, I must recognise the struggle is not only one of ideology, and principle, it is one of improving the material conditions of my fellow humans. The UK is at breaking point, and a re-election of the Tories will usher in changes that terrify me to my core, and make me fear for everyone I love, and everyone I’ve never met. So whilst I don’t think Labour and Jeremy Corbyn are a solution to the massive systemic crisis we are facing nationally and globally, I’ll be damned if I don’t do everything within my power to put a halt to the ideological austerity and, let’s be honest, social cleansing that the Tories are inflicting upon working people.

 

If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at on our email, prequal.uk@gmail.com

REGISTER TO VOTE by May the 22nd: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

I would hate for people to think that the vote is all they can do to fight for their rights **SNAP! GE Opinion**

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views and positions of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a 300-400 word opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election, as well as producing some short videos expressing our personal views on the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Here in the second piece in our series, one of our members speaks out about her passionately explains here position on the election:

I’m simultaneously hopeful and despondent about the upcoming snap election – it seems to me that the only socially acceptable democratic tool in this country is openly being used to further the Tory agenda. It has conveniently been placed around scandals creeping up from the last election, the Conservative’s highest approval rating in years, and at a time when the country is panic-stricken and divided by Brexit; and that’s not even mentioning the fact that Theresa May had stated multiple times she would not call one.

I am cautiously optimistic about Jeremy Corbyns chance to win the general election. It shouldn’t even warrant explaining how unfair, biased and cruel the majority of our (Tory-donor) media has been to Corbyn, his party, and the entire country. This is the part of our democracy and fast-food culture of politics that makes me so deeply angry and disillusioned: the conditioned inability to look past party leaders and personality politics, and how easily and nonchalantly news giants willfully mislead the electorate. As I speak, ICM polls show that Theresa May’s approval ratings are almost twice as high as Corbyn’s, despite approval for policies written into the labour manifesto having approval almost twice as high as the policies of Mays Conservative policies.

I did not anticipate still living in Peter Kyle’s Hove constituency for the next general election, but unfortunately, here I am. I will be voting for him even though I morally abhor some of his stances, and curse the way he has voted in Parliament sometimes. It’s a sad side effect of our first past the post system that in order to do my bit to stop Theresa May breathing fire on our NHS and other public services, I must cast my vote to somebody who I do not feel represents me or what I want for my constituency. I truly do admire Jeremy Corbyn for staying so sane and civil, and even relatively uncorrupted whilst fighting a broken and sad, money driven system of (what I consider to be false) democracy from the inside. I would urge that anyone who cares about the ill, disabled, disadvantaged, vulnerable and poor members of the world to do what they can to take the Tories out.

I did consider not participating and spoiling my ballot but you can do both – the socially acceptable way of practicing democracy, and the road less travelled. I would hate for people to think that the vote is all they can do to fight for their rights. It’s just a tiny part of a battle, and although this election is so desperately important right now, please let’s not forget to do what we can aside of it.

If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter,Instagram or at on our email,prequal.uk@gmail.com

REGISTER TO VOTE by May the 22nd:https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote





Not to be heard **SNAP! GE Opinion**

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views and positions of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a 300-400 word opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election, as well as producing some short videos expressing our personal views on the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Here in the first piece in our series, one of our members speaks out about her experience of the election:

Not to be heard.

With the general election near, and with me finally being old enough that my age reflects my maturity levels to the level that I can decide what happens to me, I couldn’t wait to be part of the inspired youngsters who will vote this time they know ‘their vote matters’. With the registration ready, having read, listened and talked about every aspect of the Tories, Lib Dems and Labour party, I felt my mind was set and my cross was ready. What a shock it was to realise I don’t get to vote. Not a British Citizen because you weren’t born here? Fuck off back to your own country. Can’t afford £1000 to become a British Citizen? Work harder. Your opinion is not to be heard. Even though you’ve involuntarily lived here from the age of 5 and you have contributed to the country’s wealth statistics for over 13 years, we won’t listen to your opinion till you give us your money. We’ll still take your grades and hard work, claim it as our own and feed our society to the rest of the world, tempt them into our rich educational system then only shut them up and ignore them.

We don’t care the vote will affect you, your education and your future. Be grateful that you’re even allowed to be here.  It doesn’t seem fair to allow a non-British person to become a British Citizen for free after they’ve lived here for over 10 years, especially not if they moved here before the age of 18 and absolutely not if they come here to study for over 5 years and increased our higher education standards with their sleepless nights of sweat and tears.

 

If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at on our email, prequal.uk@gmail.com

REGISTER TO VOTE by May the 22nd: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

SNAP! We’re having an election!

In the run up to the snap election, Pre-Qual will be giving a platform for young people to share their views and feelings about the upcoming vote, as we feel that the views and positions of young people are rarely shared or treated with the respect they deserve. We will be publishing a 300-400 word opinion piece from each of our members on this blog, every day in the run up to the election, as well as producing some short videos expressing our personal views on the election. So make sure you keep checking out our social media for more content! And if you’re a young person who wants their voice to be heard, get in touch! Below is Pre-Qual’s collective response to the snap election:

As everybody will be well aware by now, our Prime Minister, Theresa May, has done exactly what she promised she wouldn’t do and taken it upon herself to decide for her party, and the rest of the country, that June the 8th would be a spiffing day to hold a snap General Election. Given the state of the polls placing her 20 points ahead of Corbyn’s Labour at the time, a cynic might suggest that this sudden, screeching U-turn was little more than political gamesmanship, an attempt to remove any significant opposition to the Tories in Parliament. But we’re sure May would never do something so transparently self-interested…

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Inevitably, social media and the traditional media have exploded with information about the election; polls, policy announcements and manifesto revelations, hilarious pictures of our Supreme Leader (sorry, Prime Minister) eating chips as though she were actually a real person rather than the inanimate hunk of wax chosen to house Margaret Thatcher’s last Horcrux, Jeremy Corbyn’s car driving over the foot of a BBC reporter as he was heading off to launch his grime career with Boy Better Know… the list goes on.

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So, naturally, we thought we should throw our own spin on this snap election out into the deluge of opinion swamping our newsfeeds and newspaper columns.

Let’s be clear; Pre-Qual are a non-partisan organisation and we will not promote any particular party as the solution to the problem of inequality in our national and global community, since we simply don’t believe that the necessary change is being offered by any current party, or that the current political system is one which could even facilitate such change.

Let’s start with the Conservatives. This is a ruling party which has, in it’s 7 years as the largest party in the Commons, overseen rising levels of inequality, a national debt almost double what they inherited in 2010, a rising number of hate crimes against people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community and the disabled, and an ever increasing number of homeless on the streets; not to mention 30,000 deaths in 2015 alone linked directly to cuts in funding for the NHS and social care. The list of crimes perpetrated by the Conservative party against the ordinary people of this country are too numerous to list here without causing emotional desensitisation. It seems that Conservative Party policies can only be trusted to increase inequality, rather than reduce it.

The Liberal Democrats can’t hide either. Whisked into a Coalition government in 2010 based on a progressive platform which included a promise to abolish tuition fees, Nick Clegg and his crew promptly took their opportunity to assume government positions no Liberal Democrat could ever have imagined holding after previous elections, and set about teaming up with the Tories to launch attack after attack on ordinary working people and their families. Of course, the Lib Dems were all but wiped out in the 2015 General Election, taking just 8 seats, and deservedly so; but now, spearheaded by the homophobe who had a poster of Margaret Thatcher on his wall (Tim Farron), the “Liberal” Democrats are attempting to fashion themselves as the only “real” opposition (despite having only 8 seats), seeking to draw in “Remainers” with their stance on Brexit. We don’t think that the lies of the Liberal Democrats and the crimes of the Coalition they formed with the Conservatives should be so quickly forgotten; and that on their previous record, they certainly cannot be trusted to take steps to reduce the problem of inequality in our society.

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What of Labour? This is another party which has sought to rehabilitate itself, this time following the disastrous fallout of the Blair/Brown years. It appears to have gone back towards a more traditional social democracy than the (mainly neo-liberal) politics of New Labour, in an effort to recapture the “core” vote which deserted the party during the New Labour years. This rehabilitation is perhaps the most interesting, because it is a rehabilitation which is happening from below, as citizens themselves become active in directly demanding the kind of government they want to run their country. So, it is difficult to judge the Labour party on its former failings when it is attempting to make such a fresh start; this is very much a political experiment, and time will tell if this sort of mass democratic, party of the people can be achieved within the often archaic structures of the Labour party, or if the model might work best in a new project. It certainly seems as though many members of the Parliamentary Labour Party and the National Executive Committee are vehemently opposed to this transformation of the party, as is illustrated by the incessant attempts to undermine and unseat the new leadership. We will have to wait and see to find out if these conflicts will impede the Labour party in its now apparently genuine desire to tackle inequality in the UK.

Whatever happens, simply marking a cross in a ballot box will not be enough to really tackle the issue of inequality in our society, whilst voting itself can act to pacify the masses from engaging in more radical actions to improve the conditions of their own lives. We have to fight each and every day to achieve a free and equal society for every citizen, and at times party and parliamentary bureaucracy can be detrimental to this struggle, which is why we seek to organise ourselves and encourage others to do the same. This is the only way we can guarantee freedom and equality for all people: by winning it for ourselves. It is this daily struggle against inequality which Pre-Qual will continue to fight each and every day, election or no election.

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This being said, voting provides an opportunity to engage with the political system we are forced to exist within. It is not without reason that so many have given their lives to win the vote for their communities, be that working people and the poor, women, people of colour or any of the other oppressed communities who have engaged in the struggle for universal suffrage over the last two centuries. To create social change, we must engage in every political action that we can, every day; be that helping to educate your peers on political and social issues, holding pickets and demonstrations, occupying buildings or land to highlight issues and put pressure on power, or, in this case, voting.

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If you’re a young person would like your voice to be heard in this election (or if you’d like to be involved with Pre-Qual), give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or at on our email, prequal.uk@gmail.com

REGISTER TO VOTE by May the 22nd: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote