Westminster recently confirmed that they are discussing the idea of allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the referendum on Scottish Independence. However, David Cameron’s official spokesman has said there are no considerations to make this change for general elections.
If you are expecting working 16 and 17-year-olds to pay taxes - which they do - why should they not get the opportunity to vote in the people that will dictate how they are spent?
When I was that age and paying taxes, it really irked me that I had no say in where it goes.
Political apathy is rampant in the UK, so why not let the younger generations vote and it could encourage them to continue doing so in their later years - or even encourage them to get actively involved in politics.
I recently read an opinion piece on allowing 14 and 15-year-olds to vote, and I was surprised by the unveiled disgust by the writer. No wonder young people are so disaffected when people feel like they aren’t capable of making informed decisions.
A lot of people that age are learning about politics, be it in school or further education, so why deny them the chance to help make a difference in the UK?
If the great political minds of our country think they should be able to decide on independence, why can they not decide who represents them at the moment?