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Andrew, Stephen, David, Katie, Rachel and Gillian, S2, talk about politicians

Andrew, Stephen, David, Katie, Rachel and Gillian, S2, talk about politicians

Gillian: I always like to know who's running the country and what's happening.

Katie: I was watching a programme that said most of the prime ministers have all been from private schools. That makes me feel downhearted, almost. So we are not at private school - does that mean we are not going to get as good a job as them? I just think that is terrible.

David: I don't watch political programmes. It all looks so high up, so formal.

Katie: I feel they don't give us enough say.

Gillian: I don't think people our age should be allowed to vote, though. The majority don't really care.

Andrew: Politicians seem like money grabbers a wee bit.

Katie: Should they not try and get us? Influence us in a good way? Because don't they say that children are the future?

Rachel: If none of us care about it, then nobody will be voting in ten years.

Gillian: I like David Cameron. I don't like what he's doing, I just like him - he's handsome. They all make fun of me for saying that. I don't like all his cuts and things. I don't know if I like Alex Salmond - I've never seen him on TV. I only know that he is with the SNP. No. Yeah? The SNP.

Rachel: I'd be more interested if they were more interested in us.

David: When that guy David Cameron is talking, is it not usually about the war or something? That's all they talk about, the war.

Katie: They always say how the country is in such a recession - why are they spending all this money on war?

Gillian: Whenever he's talking about teenagers, he's always saying `Oh yeah, they are out vandalising stuff'. But not everyone is like that.

Rachel: Barack Obama seems more funner almost. Friendlier. When you see him on the telly he's always smiling, and then when you see David Cameron he looks a bit depressing.

Katie: Although Cameron runs, like, most of the UK, he seems to be just England. Even just London. That's all he seems to care about.

David: They all look like they're going to a wedding, black tie or something.

Gillian: All the men politicians, fair enough, they are in suits, but outside, I think they should be more like what we're interested in. We'd be more, "Oh look, he's wearing that. Maybe we should see what he's like."

David: In Parliament, I think they should wear suits. But I think for out seeing schools, I don't see the problem in wearing jeans or something like that. Or just get a nice shirt at a decent shop that is colourful or something.

Gillian: Not colourful.

David: Not like bright colours, but like a blue shirt, a red shirt or something different.

Rachel: But see, because they wear a different colour shirt, does that mean you are going to vote for them when you are older?

Gillian: No, but it makes you interested in them.

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