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Politics News in Brief – May 15th, 2017

UK youth have more power than they think in the election on June 8th 

An anti-war protestor cries after the British parliament voted in favour of air strikes against militants in Syria, during a demonstration outside the Houses of Parliament in London on December 2, 2015.
Image: Reuters/Peter Nicholls.

​The youth in the UK have more power than they might expect in the turnout and the results of the upcoming general election.​ As such an election rolls around, so do editorials about the low turnout of the young voters. But there are indications this may be changing.

While it is common knowledge that older people might turn out in higher numbers, the 2016 EU referendum showed 64% of people aged 18 to 24 turning out to vote, which was an even higher number than the 1992 general election.

Turnout by young  voters could well swing elections in several key areas. Research by the Higher Education Policy Institute and the Intergenerational Foundation suggested that between 10 and 83 MPs were vulnerable to surges in turnout among younger constituents. More recent numbers indicate that young people may well be gearing up for June 8th. Hansard’s 2016 Audit of Political Engagement states that 39% of young people expressed a certainty of voting,  the highest level in the 12 years. Since the elections were announced, government data indicates that voters in the two youngest age groups have registered to vote at dramatically higher rates than their older counterparts.

Outside of the political party squabbles and little bitter battles over the youth and old age votes, the young people are beginning to determine the face of the UK with their votes more than ever.

Tony Blair is possibly back, possibly from Brexit vote

There have been numerous unintended consequences from the Brexit vote. One is a return of the previous prime minister Tony Blair. The conservatives are slated to win the next election, and Tony Blair is looking to be back in the political arena, with the stated intention of sof

Tony Blair is coming back to politics because of Brexit
Image: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

tening the blow from Brexit. In his own words “This Brexit thing has given me a direct motivation to get more involved in the politics.”

Blair does not suffer any illusions about a welcome comeback, and acknowledges he is not widely popular in his party at this point in time, even lesser than he was during his tenure, but defended his record on doing well for the British people

Blair also clarified that he would not be immediately seeking a leadership role or status as an elected representative in Parliament. He indicated that he hopes to start an anti-brexit movement, the way Farage did without being an MP, but expressed caution, saying “I am not sure I can turn something into a political movement but I think there is a body of ideas out there people would support.”

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Trump fires Comey, overseeing the investigation into Trump’s relations to Russia

In a tremendous political upset, President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the head of  Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) who overseeing the investigation into the purported links between the President, his erstwhile campaign, business interests and Russia.

In the midst of the investigation, Trump has now fired him, citing dissatisfaction with his performance. The letter of termination states that while Trump “appreciated” Comey’s assurances that the President was not under investigation, he ‘accepted’ the recommendation of the DOJ  that he was not able to “effectively lead the bureau”.

The White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said the F.B.I. had been “terminated and removed from office.” Trump stated the recommendations were from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, although Mr. Rosenstein is later said to have disputed the extent of his involvement in the decision making. The move has shocked Washington and many Democratic senators as well as a few Republicans have expressed concern about the dire constitutional situation resulting from Comey’s firing. Subsequent indications from Trump that he had ‘taped’ Comey and attempts to subtly intimidate him through such a statement seems to have made the situation worse.

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Scott is the founder of In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal and In-Sight Publishing

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