I wrote this piece for the Guardian just before the 2010 General Election. It was followed by a panel interview on Channel4’s Alternative Election Night with Armando Iannucci and David
In the next couple of months, Britain will go to the polls. Well, some of it. In the last election, 61.4% of British adults cast their vote , and it seems unlikely that many more will do so this time round (though perhaps the narrowing opinion polls will galvanise a few).
Among my age group, the situation is even worse: 37% of 18 to 24-year-olds voted in 2005, and according to a report from the Electoral Commission this week, more than half of 18 to 24-year-olds are not currently registered to vote. This is the first general election I will be able to vote in, along with 3.5 million-or-so other people aged 18-23.
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