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Crunch has turned youth on to politics

PUBLISHED: 16:55 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:16 23 August 2010

Today s Britain is very different to the one we were living in 18 months ago. Back then, things seemed on the up with city bosses on bonuses at unprecedented levels. It was, however, a false sense of security, with banks lending recklessly to people who

Today's Britain is very different to the one we were living in 18 months ago.

Back then, things seemed on the up with city bosses on bonuses at unprecedented levels. It was, however, a false sense of security, with banks lending recklessly to people who were unlikely to be able to make their mortgage repayments in the future.

The credit crunch has had a massive financial affect on people's lives, but another impact is the way it has started stimulating ideas and strong political viewpoints in young people in Britain.

While out and about, I have been able to look at the spectrum of youth affected, and it is noticeable how this crisis has united today's youth - irrespective of background.

Last week, I met a young lady named Melissa, who has recently graduated with a 2:1 degree in economics, yet is finding it near impossible to get a graduate position in one of the investment banks.

As a result, she is working part-time in a bar to make ends meet.

The week before, I was contacted by Mark on council-related business and, while speaking to him, learnt he had recently completed a plumbing vocation, but was unable to find work due to a number of building companies having to close down.

The interesting point is that neither of these two individuals held any interest in politics, but admitted now finding themselves looking actively at the policy of the main political parties trying to combat the crisis.

However welcome, it is strange that it has taken a mass financial crisis to stimulate today's youth into getting involved in politics, especially during a time of growing political apathy?

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