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I suppose the argument goes that the younger you are the more likely you are to hold left wing views and vote for left wing parties.

David Cameron today prepared to hand over powers which will give 16-year-olds the vote in the Scottish independence referendum. However, despite the concession to the Nationalists, he vowed to fight to preserve the United Kingdom ‘with everything we’ve got’.  At a meeting on Monday the Prime Minister will agree to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond’s demands that 16 and 17-year-old Scots should be given a vote on independence.

Lowering the voting age to 16 is a sop to the SNP. The quid pro quo is that there will be only ONE question on the referendum form. But this is pure folly since it creates precedence. If 16 year olds can vote in Scotland, why not in England, Wales and Northern Ireland? Cameron is establishing a principle that HIS Party will live to regret. Naturally, the hope is that the younger they are the less likely they are to exercise their vote but that is more of an aspiration than a strategy.

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5 thoughts on “TOO YOUNG?

  1. Too young and alot of problems down the road if Cameron goes along with such a stupid idea.

    Let’s be honest, Salmond is suggesting it only because his info says 16 and 17 years are likely to vote his way. There’s no principle involved.

    It would result in 16 and 17 year olds being too young to vote in general and local elections, but they’d be able to vote in the most significant constitutional referendum for over 300 years, one that could break apart the UK and overturn the Act of Settlement. Truly, politicians would sell their families for a vote.

    UK electoral law states that voters must be aged 18, so Parliament might have to amend the law in any case first, not that the law now bothers government.

  2. I think there should be no representation without taxation, and also, any matter affecting the constitution should only ever be decided by a general referendum of the whole people. and certainly not on the nod from any member of the political class, or any stitch up by two members of the political elite.

  3. “also, any matter affecting the constitution should only ever be decided by a general referendum of the whole people”

    The following laws were passed in the since the start of 2011 that have constitutional significance (in some cases minor but still of constitutional significance).

    Scotland Act 2012
    Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
    Public Bodies Act 2011
    Education Act 2011
    Localism Act 2011
    Sovereign Grant Act 2011
    Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011
    Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011
    European Union Act 2011
    Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011

    Should they all have been subject to referendum?

  4. If what’s at stake here is the future of the United Kingdom then forget opening the vote up to 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland, open it up to everyone in the United Kingdom.

    The reality is that most people in Scotland want to stay in the Union whilst most people in the United Kingdom don’t want them. The same can be said for NI.

    Just another gerrymander.

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