Views on Housing and Politics from Rory on work experience at MPC
Politics is more divided than ever before. We hear this all the time since the 2016 EU referendum, but for most people this appears to refer to the gulf between Remainers and Brexiteers. However, our divisions are not symptomatic of Brexit, rather the other way around. Brexit is symptomatic of our divisions .
Living in Cambridge, the most pro-remain city in England in 2016, it’s easy to begin to feel that public opinion is consolidated against Brexit. In reality it’s not. According to the polls the country is still split around 50:50. What has changed since the referendum is that even more youths oppose Brexit and even more older people support it. Of course, democracy works such that everyone gets an equal say, however the gulf between generations is causing real problems in our politics.
Nonetheless, the divisions go far beyond Brexit. Politics as a whole is moving away from the centre ground, with the Tories now pushing to the right under Boris Johnson, and Labour to the left.
There are also divisions in housing, with the chronic lack of affordability of housing for many people in Britain. House prices are at an all-time high, with the average age of buying a house estimated to be 30, which is terrifying for many young people. Living in Cambridge it’s even more difficult - a normal sized 3-bed house can sell for over £1 million! High housing prices means young people have to rent, losing money that could’ve been saved. People end up living far from their work, so have to commute a long way, which costs money, and takes away free time and makes it much harder to maintain fitness or get enough sleep.
In conclusion, we are growing up in a time where, regardless of where we live, economic and social uncertainty is at its highest since World War 2. Many young people are angry and anxious at the challenges that our country faces, presenting huge challenges for the future of our society that must be dealt with before it’s too late.