There have been two important public votes this year. One is the 100 Sexiest, and the other is the General Election.
Rick Edwards (host of BBC3's Free Speech) is worried about young people not making an appearance on polling day (for the General Election, not 100 Sexiest). He's so worried about it that he’s written a book called None Of The Above, that he hopes will de-mystify some of the confusing jargon that turns people off and stops them from engaging in politics.
And throughout the book, it's clear that he really, really wants young people to get out there and make their voices heard.
So, we asked the man himself to persuade us to go and vote on 7 May. No matter how many valid excuses we could think of...
FHM: Hi Rick. I don’t see the point of modern politics. All the leaders are deceitful knobheads who lie to get into power. Why should I help any of them?
Rick Edwards: If you honestly think they’re, quote on quote, deceitful knob heads, and you’ve looked at all their policies, assessed what they stand for and decided no, then I think you can actually cast your vote and express that you don’t feel represented by them by spoiling your ballot.
It’s much better to be active and go in there and spoil your ballot sheet. So you’re engaging, wanting to vote, but don’t want to vote for any of these deceitful knobheads.
I haven’t watched any of the new series of Game Of Thrones yet. I’ve already got seven kingdoms to think about, Rick. Don’t give me another one.
This is tricky for me, because I’ve never actually watched Game Of Thrones. I’m going to borrow something my friend said: if the right to vote is something that people have died for, it’s probably worth half an hour of your time every five years. And in this modern era of box sets and Netflix on demand, you can just pause it. Get a bit of fresh air, go down to your polling station, read some of the nice leaflets you’ve had through your door on the way, decide who you want to vote for, vote, come back and get straight back into your Game Of Thrones. Easy.
My friend’s got a gig that I’m meant to be going to straight from work on polling day. Why should I miss that to vote for someone I’ll never even meet?
That's tricky. Your friend is probably going to be furious. Hopefully they’ll do another gig in the next five years. Or frankly, go along later. Go to the after party for a drink. Or just lie about it. In fact that’s probably what I’d do. What they don’t know can’t hurt them.
Still way too excited about the new Avengers movie to think about politicians. I wish Iron Man ran the country. Do you wish Iron Man ran the country?
I’ve seen the film, and I didn’t like it. As for Iron Man, he’s sort of a megalomaniac, so he’d run the country like a dictator, and I think historically dictatorships tend to go quite badly. Although, he would be able to keep his party in line with those glowing hands.
Still crying over Zayn, man. It’s too hard to even leave the house.
I’m assuming you haven’t applied for a postal vote. If you haven’t, then you could've applied for proxy voting, essentially meaning you can send someone out on your behalf while you continue crying into your One Direction bed sheets. But as you can’t do that now either, I just hope you find the strength.
Got a Tinder date that night. Don’t ruin this for me, Rick.
You invite the date to meet you at the polling station. It’s original. Not many people are doing it. It's a great conversation starter. It’s you saying you think this is important; you’re not ashamed to think it’s important, and you think she should vote, too. And then after that you can go out and have a nice little drink or whatever. Pub, cinema - it’s all boring isn’t it? Go and meet at a polling station. Don’t rule it out.
None Of The Above (Published by Simon & Schuster) is available now, £7.99
_ Words: Matt Tate _