Did anyone tell you there’s an election coming up? Quite soon, in fact. This Thursday! Tell yer pals!
qmunicate spoke to eight student voters from across the political spectrum. Each voter was sent the same set of questions – introducing themselves, explaining what matters to them, and why they think you should vote the same way – in the week running up to the General Election.
Ever wondered what an undecided voter thinks when making their decision? Did you assume that all Yes voters automatically became SNP voters? Think you’ve never met a Scottish Tory?
Disclaimer: the views expressed in these interviews represent the personal views of each individual voter, and do not necessarily represent the views held by [qmunicate magazine] or the Queen Margaret Union. These interviews seek to understand the breadth of political affiliation, rather than endorse any one party or set of ideas.
Our second interview is with David, who’s planning on voting Labour.
qmunicate: Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m David, I’m 19, and I’ve lived in Clydebank in the West Dunbartonshire constituency for my whole life. It was a very safe Labour seat until 2015, and is now held by the SNP. This will be my first time voting in a General Election, but I’ve voted a few times before – in the recent council elections, last year’s Scottish Parliament election and EU referendum, and in the 2014 independence referendum. I’m planning on voting for Labour, as I did in the other elections I’ve voted in.
qmunicate: What are the issues that matter the most to you this General Election?
I care about economic equality, public services being properly funded as well as free to access, and stopping UK military action abroad.
qmunicate: And what issues do you think matter most to your demographic as a whole?
Given the positive polling for Corbyn’s Labour and its policies among young people, they’re probably not far off from those I support.
qmunicate: Would you describe yourself as ‘politically active’? Was there a catalyst for your political involvement?
The independence referendum was the catalyst for my political involvement. I voted Yes and joined the Scottish Greens shortly afterwards. I probably wouldn’t have voted for Labour if I could have voted in 2015, but the leadership election that year made me decide to leave the Greens in order to sign up to Labour and vote for Jeremy Corbyn.
qmunicate: Has your vote changed over previous elections?
Since I’ve been able to vote I’ve only voted for Labour, since Jeremy Corbyn has been the leader for almost that entire time.
qmunicate: Regardless of the party forming the next Government, what do you want to see delivered over these next five years?
I’d like to see socialist policies over the next Parliament, such as the (re)nationalization of services and public transport, a real living wage, and a reversal of anti-trade union policies enacted in recent years. I’d also like to see greater taxation on corporations and high-earners.
qmunicate: Finally: you have thirty seconds to pitch to someone to vote for your party. What do you say to convince them?
The SNP have talked left but their record in the Scottish Parliament proves that that’s all they have – talk. Labour is offering the most radical manifesto of any of the main parties, and the only way to get a socialist Labour government is to vote for it.