Why politics matters

Arrun Degenhardt, Sheffield University

For me politics has always had a fairly central role in my life.  Growing up in a household with political parents is obviously a major factor in the developing of a political compass, but I was also exposed to effects of politics in the real world from a young age.  Whether it was attending anti Iraq war marches with my mum when I was 9, or visiting Venezuela when I was 11 and getting a small glimpse at the mass poverty apparent throughout much of the world, I became fully aware of just why politics mattered.

For this same reason I became involved in Compass, as having a broad based group able to put forward and debate radical ideas in an arena which increasingly marginalises and limits the scope of debate seems to me to be vital to maintaining a healthy political sphere and building a good society. 

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