I'm not really here
Join Date: Aug 2006
I don't see the problem really.
If some 16yr olds can't be bothered, does that mean the ones who can should be disenfranchised? A third of the voting population didn't vote in May, for whatever reason.
It might be that a view is taken that once a contribution is being made through taxation - but for many that is not at 18 either.
Education about democracy is part of instilling "core British values". I think fairness and consistency is something we should nurture and encourage. If you're considered "adult" in terms of many other aspects of daily life, then why not allow the vote?
I still think booze needs to be later, because I think those early years of surreptitious sneakery between 14-18 are critically important to shaping ones appreciation of decent booze in later life.