Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Votes At 16

The Telegraph reports today on Brown's 'will-never-see-the-light-of-day' electoral reforms:
Unveiling proposals to restore trust in the political system following the expenses scandal, the Prime Minister said that he was in favour of votes for 16 and 17-year-olds following an extensive consultation and as part of wider reforms.
Hmm, votes at 16 eh? Now why does that sound familiar? Brown in November 2009:
"I personally favour giving young people the vote at 16. It is a matter on which we should consult widely with the public, and then we should make a decision."
Oh and in July 2009:

“I personally would like to see the voting age reduced to 16.”

and June 2009:
"I'm looking at the case for votes at 16... We're proposing votes at 16 as an issue that young people should look at themselves."
and July 2007:
"Although the voting age has been 18 since 1969, it is right, as part of that debate, to examine, and hear from young people themselves, whether lowering that age would increase participation."
and February 2006:
Gordon Brown today signals his support for lowering the age of voting to 16 as part of a radical programme to counter widespread alienation from modern politics.
'nuff said.

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