Saturday 10 August 2002

The real reason...

...why Labour wishes to reduce the voting age is political self-interest.

The pension crisis has made us more aware that we live in an ageing society. Most people - except those paid by the state - see through the errors of socialism as they get older. Left wing parties need to counter this by reducing the voting age to create a new supply of supporters. It is no surprise to read that the Illiberal Democrats and the SNP have already spoken out in favour of reducing the voting age - they support as much state expansion as does Labour, if not more. At least the SNP seems to realise that there should be some connection between taxation and voting. OK then, let people vote at sixteen as long as voting is confined to taxpayers. There is no reason why government employees - our servants - should be allowed to decide how much of the people's money they can grab.