I’ll leave aside my deep reservations about so-called representative or parliamentary democracy. The Votes at 16 campaign needs our support. By its very nature it raises all manner of questions about young people’s status in society and the influence of the electorate upon the political process, upon relations of power.
Sign the petition and stir things up!
Thanks to Emily Hewson for this link to her blog, where she explains why she supports ‘Votes at 16’
For example she asks,
Is it truly enough to be offering young people “chance to vote” in youth parliament elections, school councils and Student Union elections? Does that fully engage every young person aged 16/17 in democracy? What about those who leave school at 16 and exit the formal education sector?