Political Promise

Political Promise: A Year On

In Matt Gardner on January 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Matt Gardner looks at what Political Promise has achieved a year on.

Political Promise quietly celebrated it’s first birthday a couple of weeks ago, and it lead to me think what he have achieved so far.

It all started out in early January of 2010 when our founder Charlie Edwards, asked me on Facebook if I’d like to be a part of a new idea of his – that idea was Political Promise. I was already quite familiar with Charlie’s blog, and regularly browsed BBC while on the internet, and thought ‘can’t do any harm, might make some cash, why not?’

Thank goodness I said yes. Charlie, Will Obeney, and myself all set out with the intention of becoming a name in the political world, and I think it’s fair to say we’ve truly got the ball rolling. We have had interviews with a few MPs, formed connections with people in the political blogosphere, and put ourselves in touch with some truly great writers.

When you look at the writers who we have, you fully understand what we’re about. We have people who go to top class universities, we have sixth formers writing for us, we have people in various years at secondary school. These people represent themselves, and above all, their generation.

That’s what we aimed to do. Our original focus and task was to voice the opinions of the new, young and modern generation, and get more people involved in politics. I had someone the other day thank the writers for providing him with an interesting daily read – just one of many examples of Political Promise involving more people in politics.

We launched our printed issue, and thanks must be given to Jamie Woods, who put in a fantastic concept for the design, and several features in the magazine. The magazine has been downloaded several thousand times, and student unions have been contacted and are looking into distributing it.

All of this in the first year?! I never dreamt that we could manage to take PP so far… and yet we have. It shows how people who haven’t left education, people who are still regarded by many as knowing nothing about politics, can come together and create something like this.

However big headed it may sound, this is not a piece with the intention of boasting. It’s a thanks. A really massive thanks to everyone who has helped with PP.  From our numerous writers, to friends giving ideas, to families supporting us. Thank you so much for the support, and we hope you enjoy reading Political Promise throughout 2011.


Matt Gardner

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