It’s a snow-free Monday, or at least we assume it is for you unless you happen to be reading this blog somewhere in the depths of Siberia (oh, we’re not that widely read yet? Our bad), but there has been a flurry of activity in the last few days over one of the most controversial and challenging debates about young people we’ve seen for a while.
Last Thursday, the House of Commons held a debate on lowering the voting age from 18 to 16, and it was a lively discussion, to say the least, not just in the Chamber, but on Twitter as well, where our corner of the Twittersphere lit up when we began a running commentary during the Commons Debate itself. It is clearly a topic which carries a huge amount of interest, for the undeniably important implications lowering the vote might have not just on the vote itself, but on our perception of childhood, understanding and human development.
The debate on Twitter, and in the House of Commons, threw up many interesting ideas, both for and against the motion (many of which we had already written about in a post a few months ago), but it was such a fun and spirited debate, we thought we would bring it to you, and have another on Researching Reform.
So, our question to you this week, quite simply, is do you think we should lower the voting age to 16? Whether you answer yes or no, we’d love to hear your thoughts on why you voted the way you did on the issue…..
Possible answer: We were ready to vote when we were 16. And that was way back in 1996. Our twenty-first century children are more than ready, too.