1. And the Big Dog is back in the house. Oh the quirky world of 16 – 17 year olds and being responsible and all that. It’s all muddled really isn’t it, the government is happy to send 17 year olds to war to die to benefit its causes, yet it won’t let them buy alcohol from the Offy. What the government is really scared of is giving young people a say, because they are often more clued up than they think. Would a tory government really want 16 and 17 year olds voting in the next election, when so many services, jobs and social help for young people are being slashed?

    Why should people assume 16 and 17 years are not educated enough to vote. I know many idiots of an older age who you would think by their intelligence/stupidity level shouldn’t have the vote.

    Whether you are 16 or 60, if your working hard, paying taxes, getting educated or making a contribution to society, you should be entitled to vote.

    • Ben, I agree that offering the vote to the younger age group is probably a good thing and if your able to serve our Country in war then you should be able to vote for the government sending you there.


  2. Tough question this. I have to say that I am firmly and decisively sitting on the fence!

    One sixteen year old can be fully informed of their voting choices as anyone over 18. But a a 30 year old (for example) can be just as ill informed as a different 16 year old.

    I think the real issue is getting people out to vote. The turn out in some elections is laughably low. Apparently, by proportion, voting in things like X Factor is higher, which is sad.

    Perhaps lowering the voting age will encourage more to vote, but the perception of politicians has to change as well. YPs see them as disconnected from them and their lives. It doesn’t matter which party either.

    • Maybe that is the answer Nick if we made General elections operate on the same format as X-Factor.

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