As nominations close next week for the students’ Union elections, third year Journalism student, Joseph Broady, has shared is thoughts on the importance of democracy:
It was the American author , Edward Bellamy, who said, “The primal principle of democracy is the worth and dignity of the individual.” This is what best perpetuates the idea of democracy in my eyes.
Every individual should have a voice in how their country is run. We are very fortunate to live in a country where we can practice democracy, and vote for who best represents us. Although it should be a basic human right, not everyone is fortunate to live in a society which respects that. It is democracy which provides hope and stability for the future.
We first began our journey into democracy in the 17th century, when war broke out between King James II and Parliament. This resulted in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 which led to an established constitutional monarchy. Although at the time, the reality of the situation was that middle and labouring classes still had very little say in politics and did not have the vote, this was the start of a long journey to equality.
It wasn’t until 1832 that we saw a reformation of Parliament. Several acts were passed which gave a further 400,000 people the vote in the middle class. Britain did not achieve a full democratic status until the Representation of the People Acts of 1918 and 1928 were passed; giving all men and women over the age of 21 the right to vote.
During all of this, we saw the British put up constant battles for equality which resulted in the loss of many lives and it was down to the bravery of the women of Britain and the lower classes, which has now led to us being able to vote for whoever we feel fit.
As young people of voting age in the UK, we have more power than ever before. We are the next generation of protesters, the new campaigners and have the ability to be the new voices for the voiceless. Politics may not be your undying passion, yet it is something we should all be grateful enough to be able to express opinions of and contribute towards.
I sit writing this piece in the lead up to the fast approaching Students’ Union elections. As members of this university, you all have a right to vote for who you want to see represent the students. When the election comes around, as always, the Students’ Union has three full time officer seats to fill: Students’ Union President, Vice President for Education and the Vice President for Student Activities.
The current officers, the wonderful trio of Meg Price, Harry South and Tish Manning, have been working tirelessly in their role over the last year. The team were elected on March 13th, 2020 and have since been working to ensuring the best for the students. Even in the face of the pandemic, the work rate never stopped and for that, we as the students, are eternally grateful for their dedication.
The Nominations for the Leadership Elections close on 1st March at midday. If you have a passion for the students, the education and the university lifestyle, I encourage you to apply for the role.
For more information on the SU elections, you can find out everything at https://www.worcsu.com/yourvoice/elections/.
*All views expressed in this blog do not represent the views, policies or opinions of the University of Worcester or any of its partners.