Posted by Hazel Stone | Filed under Over The Seas
Ah England, bonny England…you’ve flat lost it. The Labour party wants 16 year olds to vote because they’re generally liberal little barstids and can be counted on to always vote the bread and circuses ticket.
From the, er, horse’s mouth:
Labour backbencher Julie Morgan spent the day in the Commons arguing for the voting age to be lowered from 18 to 16.
“The purpose of the voting age (reduction) bill is straightforward: to reduce the legal voting age to 16 for all public elections across the United Kingdom,” she said.
“That is the only way to engage the young people to whom we desperately need to talk as politicians and the only way to send the message that we really care about the issues that affect those people.
From the sounds of things, you’re not going to even pique the interest of 16 year olds, much less “engage” them, without a bottle of uisghe or a swingin’ cod. People with those sorts of priorities are not in the least bit interested in the political process.
If you lot could un-ossify your brains, you might recall YOUR priorities when you were 16 years old involved transportation, tail, and fundage…and the order of importance depended on the hour of the day.
These are the fine upstanding citizens you wish out there casting votes? No, these are the malleable, suggestable blank slates you wish to train to party standards. Get ‘em while they’re young and impressionable.
“I believe that by involving young people at a younger age we are more likely to involve those in older age groups as well, because people can get into the habit of voting when they are still in schools and institutions.
See? They don’t want thinking voters, they want habit voters. “Oh, this is all too complicated, I’ll just vote Labour and they can sort it out.”
“The longer young people are denied involvement in the formal democratic process, the less chance there is of engaging them ever.”
“…denied involvement…” Waiting two measly years to gain a bit of much-needed emotional maturity is denying involvement? No, stupid, it is simply common sense. Adults surely do become engaged later in life…when they see what a cocked-up mess you troglodytes have made of everything, and move to vote you out of power.
At least those who bother paying attention do.