Alex Salmond has once again defended his backing for 16 & 17-year-olds to be given the vote. Supporters of the Votes at 16 campaign argue that lowering the voting age will inspire young people to get involved in our democracy.
16 & 17 year olds can already legally get married, pay income tax & National Insurance, join the army, give full consent to medical treatment and join a trade union. The Government is raising and spending tax money levied on 16 and 17 year olds, but will not allow them to take part in the democratic process.
However, current laws demonstrate that we do not regard 16 year olds as being mature enough to drink, smoke or drive. Is the right to vote on the future of our country therefore regarded by some as a less serious right? If 16 year olds can’t be trusted to drive carefully and drink sensibly, are they really responsible enough to vote?
And please tell us why?
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