‘Temporary Democracy’ – an insult to those in Britain who wish to exercise their ‘fairy dust’ voting rights…

December 14th, 2015 was a day spent in hopeful expectation, one of which consisted of constantly: refreshing Twitter, BBC News and Sky News – dying to see a glimmer of hopeful news, meaning sixteen and seventeen year olds would be permitted to vote in the upcoming EU referendum. Unfortunately, half an hour prior to my appearance on Dominic King’s BBC Radio Kent Drivetime Show regarding the topic in question, the Commons rejected Labour peers second attempt to secure voting rights, and subsequently I spent a great degree of my broadcast time stating: “what should have been”, rather than, “what will be”.

As you can probably tell… I am a passionate supporter for lowering the voting age to sixteen, not just for the EU referendum, but across the board. However, sticking to the pressing issue – it’s the hypocrisy that angers me… why is it that sixteen and seventeen year olds were eligible to vote in the 2014 Scottish referendum however, those whom will be most greatly affected, the next generation – will be denied a voice in the most significant constitutional shake up since we entered the European Union in 1975? Don’t get me wrong – I am a unionist… I believe in the integrity of the United Kingdom and support a lasting relationship between: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, however we cannot be selective. We cannot simply allow those who do not have the opportunity to vote three-hundred a sixty five days a year, the vote ‘when our government feels like it’. Members of Parliament should either always deny sixteen and seventeen year olds the vote or open them to complete voting autonomy.

Returning to Scotland, those who exercised their new found right to take an active part in what I’m calling ‘temporary democracy’, will not, will not be permitted to vote in the Scottish Regional Parliament elections in May. Why is this? It’s another sorry display by those who are attempting to shape democracy into a form which will support their own ideological stance.

At sixteen and seventeen I can: have a sexual relationship, drive a moped, hold a racing licence, smoke, deny medical treatment, chose my doctor and with parental consent – enter a committed marriage and join HM Armed Forces. At seventeen all of the above plus the ability to earn a driving licence. Therefore, we cannot allow to be excluded from the EU fight – regardless of your political orientation, whether we should stay, or whether we should go… there are approximately one and a half million sixteen and seventeen year olds in the UK – that’s one and a half million men and women who are denied the vote. The simple fact remains… if you can legally have sex – you can vote.

And the fact still remains… we are almost upon the most significant constitutional shake up since we entered the European Union – with a decision as big as this… we must ramp up the pressure, keep the heat on MP’s and never take ‘no’ for an answer. Because with a potential exit looming, I do not want us to be saying “what should have been”. 



This article was written by a past writer and has been archived


‘Temporary Democracy’ – an insult to those in Britain who wish to exercise their ‘fairy dust’ voting rights… ‘Temporary Democracy’ – an insult to those in Britain who wish to exercise their ‘fairy dust’ voting rights… Reviewed by Unknown on 13:11 Rating: 5

2 comments:

  1. You have to remember that not every 16/17 year old is like yourself. The vast majority are not. I remember what I was like at 16, and it is not someone I would want to give the vote to. Young people are impressionable, naive and introducing them as a new bloc of voters would create elections less focused on policy and more on wooing the new bloc of voters.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. But then again most of the adult electorate is 'impressionable' and 'naive'. But I believe your last point is invalid - the focus on 'wooing the new bloc of voters' might force the main parties to central some good policies around young people. Instead, they're generally just ignored.

      Delete
Powered by Blogger.