By Leon FrenchI was actually going to stand in the CF elections but in the end, after chatting to a friend of mine about it, I decided not to. Why? Because I really don't want to devote my time to something that really doesn't matter. Don't get me wrong, I admire the people who are standing, but I can't help but think that some people and some CF blogs are taking these elections far too seriously, as if these elections are actually going to have any bearing on the General Election next year. I bring up the General Election because some candidates are doing so also... Stop it. The electorate don't care that you want a position in an organisation they've never heard of.
I heard Tim Stanley on the BBC talking about youth politics and it reminded me of these CF elections. "Because I'm the head of the committee in charge of paper clips in my local Conservative Association, I'm going to be the Prime minister some day." Yes, this is the attitude in youth politics as a whole (British Youth Parliament, British Youth Parliament, all of the youth groups in political parties etc) and I'm more than happy to admit that sometimes I do come across as though I have the answer to everything and that I know everything, such is the idealism of youth. I'm also more than happy to admit I have a hell of a lot of life-learning to do before i can really stick my toe in the murky waters of politics. Are the candidates in the CF elections willing to do so?
Honestly, I don't know if I'm going to vote in these elections. Do I actually need to? Can I be bothered to vote in such an election that means bugger all? Probably not. But we'll see when it comes to it.
I might be criticised for seeming like I'm not taking all of this seriously and that perhaps I'm far too relaxed about it all. Well that's because I don't take any of it seriously and I'm very relaxed about it all. Frankly, I don't think whoever wins the CF Chair Election will affect the result in my home constituency of Don Valley. Gareth Shanks could win it for all I care. It'd mean sod all because ordinary hard working people don't care about these elections.
So seriously now, stop thinking this election is more important than it actually is and please come back down to Earth. No one really cares about your priorities because most people are used to these being forgotten anyway. No one really cares who is endorsing you because it's clear for anyone with half a brain cell that everyone is endorsing each other and endorsements mean bugger all anyway (especially for the candidates who have previously said that the CF elections don't matter anyway... You know who you are!)
Can people just please take a step back and realise that they are not politicians for a moment and remember that they are young people who don't have the answer to all of life's problems? Please? Just for a minute?
People might take you seriously then.