Wednesday, June 10, 2015

16 and 17 year olds to vote in the EU Referendum

Watching Alex Salmond on Newsnight yesterday one suspected that he only wants 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the EU Referendum because he thinks they will be more gullible to his emotive arguments rather than the rational propositions that should be governing political discourse.

He is a shameful man - how on earth can Scottish people vote this person into office and present him to the world as their representative (the same goes for celebrity lawyer-politician Nicola Sturgeon appearing on American chatshows with her carefully cultivated "chippie" "sassy" "feisty" persona).

Anyway, to address the point of 16 and 17 year olds, they already have the vote.  Everyone born in the United Kingdom gets the right to vote from the moment they emerge from their mother's womb.  They only qualify to use that vote when they reach the age of 18.

And those below the age of 18 who badly want to vote?

As Margaret Thatcher once said, you can't always have what you want.

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