Olaniyan elected Lewisham's Young Mayor

Emmanuel Olaniyan has been elected the 10th Young Mayor of Lewisham, achieving over 50 per cent more votes than the second place candidate. The 15-year-old Forest Hill School student won with 40 per cent of the vote and will have a £30,000 budget to play with during his one-year term.

Watch his manifesto here. More about the Young Mayor here.


Tim said...

£30k? Seems someone didn't get the "austerity" memo.

Guesty said...

30k divided by amongst all the young people in the borough. It's not
that much. Young people no longer have the education maintenance grant,
and jobs like paper rounds aren't as plentiful as they were. Youth clubs have closed. Funding for many playgroups has gone. Jeremy Hunt was talking about older people being socially isolated today but young people during that adolescent phase need support from wider community too.

Emmanuel the newly elected Young Mayor said he's going to vlog regularly so people can see how he's allocating the budget. It'd would be good if people care enough to see how the process works.

Tim said...

There's a reason why youth clubs have closed,and funding for many playgroups has gone. This country can't afford them. Now you can quibble about what should be shut, but (more) stuff has to go. In my view £30k to a 15 year old is a "nice to have", not a "must have". If young Emmanuel wants my money, I suggest he wait until he's 18 and run for office then. I would much rather a random teenager have my hard earned cash than the likes of Steve "picture opportunity" Bullock.

PS - I look forward to reading his vlog (blog?). Anyone know where I can find it?

dave said...

what a misery you are !

Monkeyboy said...

Or possibly a young person is being given the opportunity to influence how £30k of money already allocated to "youth" is spent. So not new money. We do have money, that's why there is a mortgage subsidy, why we're building aircraft carriers, funding faith schools, giving tax allowances to married couples. Much of politics is symbolic, has been since it was invented. Do you not think the users of services should have an influence over how the funding is spent?

Brockley Nick said...

He's not getting the money himself. He's allocated it to spend on what he thinks would make the biggest difference, eg: youth clubs.

Tamsin said...

What strikes me as a waste of money and council effort is the "young mayor's team" of officers and the whole process of standing for election and voting. Admittedly last year they had a higher turnout (I think it was about 65%) than the national average - but then the election were conducted in schools so the votes cast should have been about 95%.
The sort of playing at democracy (like the Ward assemblies) which is nice to indulge in when there is money to spare but which should be re-thought in periods of austerity.

terrencetrentderby said...

The "country can't afford them" line is frequently used by the right to justify spending cuts that often affect the very poorest in society.

Youth clubs and playgroups are relatively cheap and often involve the "Big Society" labour of unpaid volunteers. Their contribution to society and the lives of the poor children are worth many times the sum of their cost.

Yes the budget needs to be balanced but this must be tempered by equitable redistribution of wealth (of which there is plenty). I don't see the wealthy sharing this burden, they have never had it so good.

Monkeyboy said...

Struggling to find something objectionable in your reply. Failing.

terrencetrentderby said...

'Beware the beast man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport, or lust, or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.'

Cornelius, reading from the 29th scroll, sixth verse, of Ape Law.

guesty said...

I think it's particularly important for young people to get into the habit of participating in political elections. Politicians are aware that young people as a group vote less, so are less likely to determine elections, and therefore have less power.

Even when they are specifically courted, as per Nick Clegg and university fees, they are let down. Why? Because they have no power.

Maybe this process will empower them.

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