Opinion: A child’s perspective of the election

I am a 10 year old girl and I want to offer a child’s perspective of the election. I watched the last Prime Minister’s Question Time and National Insurance tax was the main subject of the debate. In fact, it seems to be the main subject of the election so far.

Is this election between Red and Blue over the effects of the recession on big business? Let me tell you what this election means for a child starting out in life. Big businesses recruit graduates from red brick universities. These universities, in turn, recruit students who are capable of undergoing a tough degree course. These students often come from private schools or the grammar state school systems. Where does the fairness exist?

Elections should be about change and a vote for a better run country on matters such as the NHS, housing, poverty, climate change, help for children, crime, security, personal liberty, terrorism, disability issues, equal rights and globalisation.

I was born in 1999 yet I still hear people talk about how Margaret Thatcher ruined this country. The Labour Government have been the only party in power in my lifetime and I have seen play areas decreasing in numbers and youth clubs practically don’t exist. The education system is unfair. I don’t see opportunities for children who don’t come from a well-off background.

I do not know why people don’t realise that this election isn’t a two horse race and is the election for change. People need to realise that they don’t have to worry about their vote for the Liberal Democrats being wasted. Labour and the Tories are only appearing to be stronger because their fights with each other are dominating the news. Where are the policies?

I joined the Liberal Democrat party last year and am a living example of how the party is truly democratic and inclusive. I have been welcomed into the party which has allowed me to speak freely at meetings and at conference. It is the only party that lets members vote on their policies.

Power can belong to the people. Other parties talk about innovation in regard to making things or inventing things but Liberalism offers people the opportunity to be innovative with their own lives. Fairness for all regardless of their background. This party recognises that we need Europe to enhance our stability and to keep us going in a global
world. This party will offer people hope no matter what their circumstances are. The poorer will have more money. Children will benefit from smaller class sizes.

As a mixed race child born in Britain of immigrant parents I am sticking with this party because it will deliver a fresh start for Britain.

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20 Comments

  • “These students often come from private schools or the grammar state school systems. Where does the fairness exist?”

    This sounds like something emanating from Labour.

  • Give the kid a break – I think we should encourage her not behave like a load of typical adult wet blankets…

  • Well done, Felix, for showing that adults can behave well. Alec, Judith & Richard – naughty step!

    And to Maelo – thanks for this article. It was interesting to hear from someone of your age for a change.

  • David Allen 9th Apr '10 - 5:05pm

    Put me down for the naughty step please. Yes, children can think for themselves, and gifted ten-year-olds can express their views coherently enough. But they don’t write like the article above! It simply reeks of careful editing and revision by an experienced adult. That is, amongst other things, unfair to Maelo.

    One of the evils of our age is the kind of educational forcing that has parents slaving away doing homework for their children, so that schools can boast of what wonderful things their pupils have “produced”. We should not be encouraging this manifestation of NuLabour policy!

  • David Allen 9th Apr '10 - 6:13pm

    I don’t suppose that The Voice did any editing. I fear that will have happened before they received it.

  • I thank people for all their comments. I know people think i didn’t write it by myself but i did. I have gone to many political meetings and have picked these things up. I have a real intrest in what goes on in politics and this is the first election that i am able to understand. i wrote my article because i truly believe in the lib dem’s message of fairness for all. I believe in this because i see unfairness going on all around me and i am afraid that this election will be all about big business only. I thank Lib Dem Voice for publishing my article and they did not make any changes to what I wrote. Believe me, my mother would never do my homework for me nor write something in my name. I am not allowed to be lazy.

  • Good for you Maelo – and some apologies due methinks from the wet blankets!

  • Hi Maelo,
    Thanks for this wonderful post. I had the pleasure of listening to you address Conference this March and I thought your speech was wonderful. You delivered it perfectly.
    It’s a shame that some of the readers can’t take your post here at face value, it’s a shame so many of us have become cynical. Please don’t follow us ‘oldies’ down that route Maelo, it takes the enjoyment out of things.
    Please keep writing for LD Voice, I for one will look forward to reading your contributions.
    Best wishes
    Amy

  • yes, give poor maelo a break, she goes to my school and i think u should all respect her opinions. Maelo is a really nice person and i know this is all her work and totally her opinion.

  • Maelo that is very good i know maelo myself and she is soo much more smarter than me. I feel amazed how my friend has done this and spoke out to the internet!

    Children need a voice to be heard!

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