They're not voting because...
- Because, A) At 17 years old its been...
Because, A) At 17 years old its been decided that I couldn't possibly know enough to have a say in the politics of this country.
B) The vote is a useless tool for effecting any change, being given a choice only between a bunch of clones wearing different colour ties.written 15th Apr 2005
SW replies: What a stupid post this is... I can't vote because I'm not old enough. Correct - and with good reason. You don't know enough about yourself never mind the complex issues which affect us all. Go away and get a girlfriend, and come back in 5 years you moron...!written 15th Apr 2005
fm replies: And that's not at all patronising (please note sarcasm). What kind of country is it where young people - the next electorate, civil service, NHS, educators, etc - are insulted because of their age?
Notice that the young person posting is posting ON A POLITICAL SITE. No small irony if s/he is totally unsuitable for discussing political issues.
How dare you, "SW", insult her/him, when such a large proportion of the population apparently take no interest whatsoever. I suggest that the anonymous poster is probably far more aware, interested and capable of making a valuable judgement than many of the enfranchised in this country.
Leave your prejudices elsewhere. Yes, many young people don't understand politics. Some, though, do. Accept this, and move on.written 16th Apr 2005
AR replies: I can't vote this May either. I'm not 18 yet so I don't get the vote, despite serving my Queen, Government and country in the Armed Forces and despite a good education including politics and sociology.
There is something wrong when such politically aware and effected people cannot vote. Yet still, there have to be some blanket restrictions I suppose.
Happy voting!written 16th Apr 2005