In an effort to find out why UKIP is failing to attract young voters, UKIP Daily has interviewed Sarah, a 29 year old marketing manager. She has voted for both the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives in the past, but is unsure who she will vote for in 2015. 

 

UD: What do you think are the problems facing young people today?

Sarah: I can’t speak for all young people, but as a young professional I can certainly comment on the problems that worry me. If I get ill will there be a good health system in place to look after me? How can I afford a house? Can I afford to have children?

I think the biggest problem I face is that neither this government nor the last seem to offer a realistic and viable answer to these questions. Take for example the recent changes to allow a 5% borrowing match for first time buyers. {the Help to Buy Scheme}. Although in principle it is a help, in reality the market prices have been pushed up as a result. It appears they have used a plaster to fix a gash; it looks to help but does not get to the nature of the problem.

More and more I have found myself turning away from government as a solution, wondering, “what vote-winning unrealistic solution will they come up with next?”, and have instead turned to something I know will provide answers. Private healthcare for example. I am now contemplating taking this out, rather than be faced with a centrally controlled healthcare system in which I have no say.

Raising children – again I am looking to do without government help, an odd concept it seems in this century in the UK, but I would rather secure my own financial back up with a job that pays maternity, rather than rely on a government for funds (on that note, I am quite puzzled as to why anyone thinks it is their right to have children and get the government to pay for them).

Unfortunately, I now see political parties as a pain, no one really differing from another, and as such find myself turning to solutions that are market lead rather than ego led.

 

UD: In your view, what does UKIP stand for?

Sarah: Refreshingly I do think UKIP “cut through the crap”, so to speak. Nigel Farage is a refreshing person to hear speak, often giving a clear take on subjects and thankfully a direct answer to questions, which is unheard of in politics making it all the better. Unfortunately though, other than this straightforward attitude, I am not really too sure what UKIP stand for. They seem to talk more about the problems we face than any solutions to those problems.

 

UD: Would you consider voting for UKIP?

Sarah: I would consider voting for UKIP. At the moment I feel that they would have to overcome the two reasons I have for not voting for them, which are 1) not really knowing what they stand for, and 2) my worry that – even though all they have said to the contrary – they will still not be able to win enough in parliament to make a difference.

 

UD: What would UKIP need to do to secure your vote?

Sarah: They need to give me a strong reason to vote for them. Something to get behind and believe in that is not to do with foreign policies like exiting Europe or immigration.

I think that the biggest mistake made by all the political parties is that they treat young people as though we are stupid. They think we can be deceived by empty promises. If anything, we are the ones who care more – this is our future that you are risking.

Giving me something to get behind, something of benefit to my future that addresses the issues I worry about, then I would feel happy to say, “I am voting for UKIP because X” . Just a word of warning though: please don’t do what the Liberal Democrats did with their ‘free education for all’. I have had enough of policies to win votes with no real intention of ever following though. That’s political suicide (and stupidity) at its best.

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