Politics consumes a huge amount of our energies. Government policies are key to how we live our lives. According to Wikipedia, Formal Politics refers to the operation of a constitutional system of government and publicly defined institutions and procedures. Political parties, public policy or discussions about war and foreign affairs would fall under the category of Formal Politics. 

Love it or loathe it politics plays a very strong part in our daily lives. It dictates what we can and can’t do and also what we can and can’t say. Governments of the day pride themselves highly on how well their policies are received nationally and internationally.  People in Whitehall eagerly boast of UK policies to the World. Politics therefore sets the benchmark for everything we do and take for granted.

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Whatever your political preferences one thing is certain you cannot escape from politics. It is all around us, in the workplace, in public life and in some cases even in our private lives. 2016 nationally and internationally has been a political nerds dream come true. We have witnessed Donald Trump become US President Elect, Teresa May become Prime Minister of the UK and leader of the Conservative Party. Further afield South Korea has witnessed its people power over throw the current government and eventually the successful impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Turkey witnessed yet another setback this year with a failed military coup, which saw thousands of army and police officials jailed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for their involvement or sympathy for the Turkish armed forces. During the coup, according to Wikipedia, over 300 people were killed and more than 2,100 injured. At least 40,000 have been detained, including at least 10,000 soldiers and, for reasons that remain unclear, 2,745 judges. 15,000 education staff have also been suspended and the licenses of 21,000 teachers working at private institutions were revoked after the government alleged they were loyal to Gülen.

Whether we agree or disagree with many of the day’s policies, we can be sure of one thing that politics is always changing with the times. Positive change can only be brought if every citizen takes a strong interest in politics. Pursue your local MP and Councillors, get your voice heard. We won’t ever know what tomorrow holds for us but we can prepare for today.  Better towns and cities are not made by tea drinking, suit wearing pompous politicians- But by ordinary people like you, using your rights as a citizen to make change happen.