sunshine caulker

It's election day, so we quiz the cool kids on who they're casting their votes for. This is your world, shape it or someone else will.

by i-D Staff
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18 August 2015, 7:30am

Where are you from?
Newcastle.

What do you do?
I'm a politics student.

Will you be voting in the upcoming General Election?
Yes!

If so, who are you going to vote for and why? If not, why not?
I'm going to vote Green. Although I'm a traditional Labour supporter, I can't get behind their anti-union and anti-immigration rhetoric. It's going to be a protest vote. I wouldn't want Labour to lose the seat and risk the Tories staying in power, but my constituency is really strongly Labour, so I think I can afford to be picky. If you're not going to vote, don't just sit at home, thousands of people spoiling their ballots would be a lot more noteworthy than thousands of people not even bothering to go to the polling station.

What issues are closest to your heart?
I'm from a mixed-race family, so I care a lot about the rise of racist anti-immigration policies. I also really care about reproduction rights and the anti-austerity movement.

What needs to be done to change them?
I think in general, politics has been more about individuals since the rise of Thatcher. Identity politics has become unfashionable and the media encourages people not to join in collective movements. We should listen to women, or the working class, or people of colour, or any other under-privileged groups to find out the issues that matter to them. I think the only way we can be liberated is through working together and understanding the intersectionality of privilege.

What newspapers, magazines or websites do you read to keep up to date with politics?
I read the Guardian and the Independent mainly. Sometimes the Spectator or the Economist as an exersise in knowing my enemy.

If you could choose anyone in the world to be prime minister, who would you choose and why?
My idol is revolutionary activist Angela Davis, so I would love for her to be prime minister. She ran for vice-president of the US in the 80s, but she's probably a bit of a wild card.

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