• What’s gone wrong with politics?

    15th March 2014 | News | Claire
  • What’s gone wrong with politics in the UK? An influential committee of MPs have asked me to give evidence to them next week. They’re investigating why so many people choose not to vote or to get involved in the formal political process. Please can you help decide what I should say?

    I have a hunch that I’ll have to tell the MPs some home truths. Lots of 38 Degrees members have told me before that they feel there are big problems with our democracy and our politicians. That’s certainly how I feel.

    I want to be sure I’m speaking for all 38 Degrees members, not just giving my own opinions. So what do you think? Do you think there are enough candidates worth voting for? Is it easy enough to vote? Are traditional political parties past their sell by date? What could be done?

    Please take a couple of minutes to fill out this quick survey about voting and elections. I’d really appreciate getting your thoughts by Monday. Click here to get started:

    The number of people who vote in elections has been declining for decades. At the last election over one third of people didn’t vote. Membership of political parties is at an all time low. As is trust in politicians.

    Yet groups like 38 Degrees prove that we haven’t all become apathetic. We might not all like party politics, but we do care about the future of our country and our democracy. 38 Degrees members come together to stand up for what we believe in in ever-greater numbers.

    The ‘Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee’ wants to look into these trends. Why is party politics so unpopular? What turns people off voting? Could people-powered groups like 38 Degrees have something to teach parliament?

    I want to be speaking for thousands of people from across the UK. Whatever your view, this is a chance to be heard together. The more of us that take part the more weight our views will carry and the more the MPs are likely to listen. Please take the quick survey now:

    Thanks for everything you do, I look forward to seeing your thoughts,


    Director, 38 Degrees

    PS: This week, one MP, David T.C. Davies of Monmouth, said this about 38 Degrees members:
    “Health campaigners today have been talking today about the amount of salt that we take but one has to take dangerously large pinches of salt with anything that comes out of that organisation. These people purport to be happy-go-lucky students. They are always on first name terms; Ben and Fred and Rebecca and Sarah and the rest of it. The reality is that it is a hard-nosed left-wing Labour-supporting organisation with links to some very wealthy upper middle-class socialists, despite the pretence that it likes to give out… I do not think that we have to take any lessons from 38 Degrees…”

    Does this type of attitude to voters put people off voting? Take the survey: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/your-views-on-voting-and-elections