This series turns a spotlight on the Conservative Manifesto and returns to policy announcements that some will have missed.
Posts Tagged: Votes at 16
Also: Reports of strong Tory performance and start of the Salmond trial casts shadow over the SNP; DUP claim they will have influence after the election.
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By accepting that 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland could vote on their future during the Scottish referendum, we undermined the case for not extending the franchise further.
“It’s a delight to me to see the Right Honourable Lady still in her place when no fewer 97 members of her front bench have either been sacked or resigned.”
Thornberry, standing in for Corbyn, spoke still more forcefully than he does for Islington.
How do calls to extend the franchise fit with the fact that, in so many other areas of policy, we are stripping teenagers of choices and responsibility?
Scotland’s drive to lower the voting age poses hard questions about the relationship between the rights and responsibilities of the citizen.
The best way to get a young person to be disengaged and childish is to deny them responsibility on the reasoning that they are disengaged and childish.