What’s your first political memory?

The Young Foundation has launched a new website, First Political Memory, which aims to reconnect people’s everyday lives with politics through sharing stories about when we first became aware of the wider world.

You get an interesting – and broad – snapshot as you browse the site and you can also add your own memories here – and share them in the comments below.

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  • My first political memory: A black and white front cover of the Guardian, on my parents’ dining table, with a plane taking off from an aircraft carrier in the first Gulf War.

  • Swimming lessons at school being cancelled due to “Thatcher cuts”

  • ‘The pound in your pocket has not been devalued.’

  • Roger Roberts 26th Mar '10 - 8:25pm

    Lloyd George in 1945 had been elevated to the Lords as Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor – he died before he could take his seat.. In the ensuing by-election the wartime truce saw Prof Seaborne Davies (Lib) challenged by Prof J.E. Daniel (Nationalist). I was taken by my father to two open-air meetings addressed by the candidates on the quay at Conwy !
    PS No recollection of Gladstone’s Midlothian Campaign !!!!

  • my brother standing as the conservative candidate in our primary school mock election in 1983!

  • Margaret Thatcher being pushed out by her own MPs is mine (I was 8)

  • Martin Land 26th Mar '10 - 9:56pm

    Assassination of Kennedy. I remember coming home from School aged 6 to find my mother in tears and not really understanding why.

  • Malcolm Todd 27th Mar '10 - 3:13pm

    Asking my mother in 1979 (when I was 12) whether she thought she would ever vote Tory. After a considered pause, she replied “I think I’d be more likely to chop off my right hand.” I think that’s lodged pretty deep in me.

    (I reminded her of this exchange recently. She didn’t remember it, but she laughed and said she’d still stick by it today.)

  • Ruth Bright 27th Mar '10 - 6:02pm

    I had a spell in hospital when I was seven and the radio seemed to be on in the ward most of the time going on about something called Watergate.

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