At the Avenger our main mission is to put issues often unheard by mainstream media under the spotlight. And that means allowing people from all walks of life to share their experiences and view points on current affairs and politics.
Children and young people’s ideas and opinions are often unheard by the media; yet they often have the most creative ideas and simplest solutions to society’s problems.
We interviewed four children aged between 8 and 13 on their views on politics and this is the first of many Avenger Kids blogs, which will eventually extend out to older children and young people.
We feel that children and young people should be encouraged more to think critically about the world they live in and although the ‘Votes at 16’ discussion may not have got the attention we feel it deserved in Parliament, we will continue to keep that discussion going and ensure that children and young people keep talking about politics.
We kicked off with asking the children; Luca aged 8, Naomi aged 9, Chloe aged 9 and Harrison aged 13 what they would change if they were Prime Minister. They had so much to say that we had to break it down into common themes!!
Here is what that had to say:
Chloe aged 9: Why do they charge for prescriptions when you are ill and probably don’t have a lot of money anyway do they want people to die or to live? All medical things should be free. Everyone should be allowed to live.
Luca aged 8: I would keep it free forever. I would have more doctors and more technology to help them find better cures. Also it is very dangerous for people to have one kidney so this should be illegal. Everyone should have two kidneys.
Naomi aged 9: When children are sick they should get seen first in hospital because they have little bodies and want to go home to play.
Harrison aged 13: Our health service is good but we need to fund it more. It is severely under appreciated and under funded.
We must focus on welfare and healthcare more rather than industries. Why does the government help big industries and corporations? I don’t understand it because they can look after themselves. We don’t need to help and fund them they earn so much and they don’t even need to advertise. We should be helping the NHS and welfare instead.
Education and Schools:
Luca: I think kids should learn about politics. And more fun stuff like cooking and art.
I would change the rules in schools. I would let kids go to the toilet any time they want. I would also give schools more money.
Harrison: We need to change the way we educate like core subjects have been boiled down to three. We can’t thrive with just these. The system is broken. They constantly shove the core subjects down our throat. They act like anything other than core subjects is useless. In truth the core subjects are there to provide the basics. Without extras like art and technology we will come across as boring and we won’t have any skills. A lot of our subjects tie into together.
For opportunities for careers that pay well, we need extra creative subjects. We need to broaden out more to be successful as adults.
Naomi: Schools should pay for all kids to have iPads and technology to make learning fair.
School dinners should have nicer things like nuggets and things that kids like. Some children are not eating because they are horrible and that makes people sick.
Children with lots of problems like my brother should still be allowed to come to the same school as all the other children but should just have their own class. Otherwise children forget there are children like that and laugh at them and be rude.
They would not do that if they had lunch with them and if the others could see them all the time. I miss my twin brother at school.
Chloe: There should be dabbing in school, and no school uniform so you don’t have to rush to buy it and it costs more money.
There should be free school meals for everyone because not everyone can afford it and everyone should be doing more fun stuff at school.
Housing, Homelessness and The Poor
Harrison: The taxes aren’t doing so well. What are they being spent on? The poor are not receiving a lot of welfare. There aren’t enough things to go around as we are supplying big industries and they are big enough and rich enough to manage themselves.
There should be more homeless shelters in the UK and around the globe.
Real estate prices are over inflated compared to Scotland. Why is that? And our economy is not very good either.
The landlords don’t pay attention to the houses they own and don’t care and they don’t notice that there are empty houses. We need to start letting people live in them.
We have a lot of houses and they are going to waste. We should have a service that goes to these old houses and if we deem that the landlords don’t care for those houses we should confiscate them and have a service owned by government to clean them up and let people live in them
Luca: I would give the poor more money. I would give the homeless homes. I would spend money on what materials they need for homes and tell builders to just build them, it’s not hard to do. Why don’t they just tell them to build them for the homeless?
Naomi: When countries and big people fight like wars they should have time out and say sorry like kids do.
If they don’t they should lose marbles and not get treats like stuff other countries have that their people like… like bananas and stuff. Be nice to the countries that give you bananas or you don’t get any.
Chloe: Why does the Prime Minister and politicians get more money than doctors and teachers?
They get all that money and make stupid decisions. It is unfair that they get expenses and they should have to learn how to use their own money to pay for things.
Harrison: Politicans can be straight up annoying and stupid. They need to do a lot of work to get their priorities straight.
Luca: Why don’t politicians make it law to be nice to old people? Some of them might be lonely. They shouldn’t be and there should be websites for them to meet friends and talk to each other.
Most of all if I could be Prime Minister I would only be it for a day and let Jeremy Corbyn be Prime Minister. He’s really nice and he has cool ideas and better ideas than me.