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.
The third interviewee is Emma, who’s planning on voting SNP:
qmunicate: Tell us a bit about yourself!
I’m Emma. I am a 20-year old cis and straight female. I’m Scottish and a law and politics student. This will be my first time voting in a General Election. I missed voting in 2015 by three weeks, which was very frustrating considering I was allowed to vote in the referendum just a few months previously. I will be voting for the SNP and specifically Alison Thewliss in the Glasgow Central constituency. Alison and the SNP have been fantastic for the last two years in Westiminster, keeping Scotland’s voice central in all aspects of Commons life and beyond.
qmunicate: What are the issues that matter the most to you this General Election?
Obviously the huge topic around this general election and the reason for it being called is Brexit. As a student, I worry about the impact of Brexit on university life. I am fortunate to be going on a semester abroad this coming year. As a working-class university student, without Erasmus, this experience would be unattainable for me. The thought that this may not be available for other students because of the Tory pursuance of a hard Brexit is devastatingly grim. The impact on students and university funding is just the tip of the iceberg – Brexit will impact all aspects of everyday life. It’s been the SNP who have stood up for Scotland every step of the way since the vote to try to get us the best deal possible.
qmunicate: And what issues do you think matter to most to your demographic as a whole?
As a young female, the current government appears to make decisions without any attention to a female or youth interest. It isn’t enough to have a woman leader in Theresa May or Ruth Davidson and claim to be a party of equality, when policies like the rape clause are being put through under her watch. My MP, Alison Thewliss, launched the campaign against this abhorrent Tory policy and this is part of the reason I will vote to re-elect her.
qmunicate: Would you describe yourself as ‘politically active’? Was there a catalyst for your political involvement?
I have been involved in youth politics since I was 14 but during the independence referendum back in 2014, I started the traditional door-chapping and street stalls and I haven’t looked back. I joined the SNP shortly after and have been actively involved at branch, youth and student level ever since.
qmunicate: Has your vote changed over previous elections?
I have voted for the SNP each time because at every level of representation, they have offered fantastic candidates, as well as progressive policies in every manifesto.
qmunicate: Regardless of party forming the next Government, what do you want to see delivered over these next five years?
A move away from the austerity agenda. Time and time again, it has been shown austerity does not work and hits young people and those on low incomes the hardest. I hope that any government will listen to the chorus of calls for an end to austerity.
qmunicate: Finally: you have thirty seconds to pitch to someone to vote for your party. What do you say to convince them?
If you want a representative who is going hold the Tories to account over Brexit, who will stand up for the most vulnerable and who will ensure that Scotland’s interests are always protected, then it has to be a vote for the SNP. Since their election in 2015, the SNP MPs have shown themselves to be the real opposition in the Commons – making the Scottish voice louder in Westminster.