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United Kingdom: Don’t give the vote to 16-year-olds

There can be only one reason why Brown wants such people to vote—he thinks they’ll vote Labor, said Tom Utley in the Daily Mail.

Tom UtleyDaily Mail

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has proposed lowering the voting age from 18 to 16. That makes me wonder: “Has he ever met a British 16-year-old?” asked Tom Utley. There’s a “typical example of the species” in my own household. Harry spends much of his time “flopped in front of the telly playing FIFA 2010 on the Xbox.” He cannot muster a sentence of more than one or two words, unless he is discoursing on a subject truly dear to his heart, such as how his “idiot parents” purchased the wrong sugary breakfast cereal again. Those few of his classmates who do claim an interest in politics merely “spout half-baked views in the hope of annoying their parents.”

There can be only one reason why Brown wants such people to vote—he thinks they’ll vote Labor. And he’s probably right. Leftist ideology is deeply appealing to “adolescent minds.” After all, when your parents pay for everything and you personally pay no taxes, why not support a massive welfare state? Only when we start earning our own incomes do we realize that handing most of it over to the government is a bad idea. “As the American revolutionaries cried ‘No taxation without representation!’ so British parents should answer: ‘No representation without taxation!’”

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