Last week saw the surprise news of a snap General Election to be held on June 8th.
It is vitally important for the voice of young people to be heard in the campaigns, manifestos and ultimately, the result. This means that the politicians and their parties should do their utmost to engage with young people, listen to their concerns and priorities and then show, through their actions, a willingness to respond.
But this also means young people taking the responsibility to get involved too.
Pope Francis puts it simply: "A good Catholic meddles in politics, offering the best of themselves."
He adds: "None of us can say, 'I have nothing to do with this, they govern. No, no, I am responsible for their governance, and I have to do the best so that they govern well, and I have to do my best by participating in politics according to my ability. Politics, according to the Social Doctrine of the Church, is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good. I cannot wash my hands, eh? We all have to give something!"
So if you are not registered to vote, go and register.
If you are not sure what politicians do, go and find out.
If you are not sure what a candidate stands for, go and ask them.
If you don't feel listened to, make your voice heard!
Above all, take your opportunity to vote on June 8th.
More information can be found here: http://www.byc.org.uk/news/june-snap-election-young-people-must-be-heard