26 questions from a 10-year-old to his parents about the election

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Posted Dec 10 2019 by Dave Darby of Lowimpact.org
Questions about the election

At a dinner party on Saturday evening, I had a discussion about a) the efficacy of elections for bringing about meaningful change, and b) the desirability of the quest for perpetual economic growth (I didn’t feel positively about either of those things). Our hosts’ 10-year-old son was listening carefully, after which he expressed his intention to interview his parents about their thoughts on the election, and to film it, possibly for YouTube.

He asked for my help in compiling some questions. I know that his parents are Labour supporters, and so I geared my questions towards that. I was attempting to challenge them, but also to make them laugh.

Below are the questions I sent him. I can’t wait to see his video.

What are your answers to the questions below?

What other questions would you add to the list?

  1. Who are you going to vote for and why?
  2. Which party are you least likely to vote for and why?
  3. Do you think Labour are going to win?
  4. Isn’t Jeremy Corbyn too scruffy / old / uncharismatic to be prime minister?
  5. The newspapers say he doesn’t like Jewish people. Isn’t that sort of racist?
  6. Why do you think the newspapers say bad things about Jeremy Corbyn?
  7. Do the newspapers tell the truth?
  8. How come a company like Virgin run doctor’s surgeries if we’re supposed to have a National Health Service?
  9. Why do Virgin want to do it? Are they interested in people’s health?
  10. If Labour do win, do you think they’ll stay in power forever?
  11. How long do you think they might stay in power?
  12. If they do get into power, and bring in good policies, when they lose again – will the Tories keep those policies, because they’re good?
  13. If not, why not?
  14. Is it like a see-saw? Labour-Tory-Labour-Tory, and nothing really changes in the long-run?
  15. Do we have to put up with this system where we can only do good things for a few years, then it all gets rubbed out? Isn’t there a better way of doing things?
  16. Have there been different systems in the past? Do you think we have to have this system forever?
  17. If not, how do we get rid of it? Can we rise up and overthrow it?
  18. Can we get rid of it by voting it away?
  19. Who do you think is more powerful – banks or governments?
  20. Scientists are telling us that we’re really damaging nature, and that will be really bad for humans. Why did people do that, and what are us kids supposed to do now?
  21. Scientists are saying that if the average global temperature goes up by more than 2 degrees, it will just get hotter and hotter, and we’ll be in serious trouble. But isn’t temperature just numbers, and numbers don’t really mean anything?
  22. Can you think of a way for humans to consume more and more material ‘stuff’ every year? For example, is there any kind of material ‘stuff’ that we can consume more of every year – cars? books? socks? thimbles? Anything you can think of?
  23. The bigger a country’s economy, the more stuff they consume. So Americans consume more than Tanzanians, because their economy is bigger. Can you think of an exception – where a country’s economy gets bigger, but their spending power doesn’t?
  24. Can you think of a way to prevent people from buying more material stuff if their economy and their spending power get bigger?
  25. If not, it looks like (and just to stress that this is a completely unbiased question) we have to find a way to stop the global economy growing, before it’s too late, doesn’t it?
  26. Anyway, people with different opinions can still co-operate. I understand you’ve switched to the Phone Coop – why’s that?
  27. Can I have a baby brother?

I mentioned 26 questions in the title, as that last question isn’t exactly about the election.

Dave DarbyAbout the author

Dave Darby lived at Redfield community from 1996 to 2009. Working on development projects in Romania, he realised they saw Western countries as role models, so decided to try to bring about change in the UK instead. He founded Lowimpact.org in 2001, spent 3 years on the board of the Ecological Land Co-op and was a founder of NonCorporate.org. and the Open Credit Network.