Wednesday, 6 February 2008

Lowering the Voting Age to Sweet Sixteen

It is interesting to speculate on the possible voting patterns should the voting age be lowered to 16, as is proposed. Within Wales this change might result in the younger age-group voting quite differently from their elders, many of whom would be dyed-in-the-wool Labourites. On the other hand it is likely that a large number would abstain from voting at all. Again, there is a distinct possibility that Plaid would benefit from the vote of the younger age-group who may have the vision of a new future for Wales, a future that is not tied to the purse-strings of Uncle John. Whatever the outcome, it might serve to provide younger people with a new political savvy which mainland Europeans appear to exhibit and which is practically non-existent in the UK.

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