Is compulsory voting the only way to involve the young?

Should we follow Australia and make voting an obligation? It might reduce the power of older voters

Columnist Don Brind

Two swallows don’t make a summer – but it’s interesting that two influential columnists on the Conservative Home website, Tim Montgomerie and Peter Hoskin, have been making encouraging noises about the notion of introducing compulsory voting in Britain.

Montgomerie, the former editor of Conservative Home and now a Times columnist, was reacting to a private member’s bill presented by the veteran left-wing Labour MP David Winnick which advocates that voting be a civic obligation.

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