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Tom Watson
Parliament it getting tetchy about votes at 16. What do you think? Should we lower the voting age?
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Em 15 Oct 12
Replying to @tom_watson
hell no!
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Mx. Nadia 15 Oct 12
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Yes, but more must be done to encourage turnout. I'd like to see compulsory voting like in Australia.
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hassinator69 15 Oct 12
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only if we can text it in
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Andy Demidow 15 Oct 12
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Dr Ros Clarke 15 Oct 12
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I'd like to think it would make teenagers start to take more responsibility for their decisions.
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Tom Bailey 15 Oct 12
no, keep it at 18. has written on this - see
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Matt 15 Oct 12
Replying to @tom_watson
no, I'm seventeen, and I know the vast quantity of people my age don't know a rats arse about politics.
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @mattd_t
Some would say that is not unique to 17 and 18 year olds though.
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
but the Prof is a gin-soaked old duffer. Why listen to the old fella?
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @liamyoung
Interesting analysis!
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @ros_clarke
I'd like to think it would make politicians take more responsibility for 16 year olds!
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @andydemidow
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @hassinator_69
Seconded.
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @NadiaKamil
You should see my Fabian Pamphlet on the subject.
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @Miss_ELT
Why not?
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @JoeRay93
Does that suddenly change when people reach the age of 18?
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Andy Demidow 15 Oct 12
Replying to @tom_watson
they're just kids, a lot aren't mature enough to make a decision to decide who should run the country.Or maybe that was just me?
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Tom Watson 15 Oct 12
Replying to @JoeRay93
Interesting point. Presumably that's because you think the real world will be revealing itself to the young adult?
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Phil Smith 15 Oct 12
Replying to @tom_watson
No, unfortunately 18 yr olds are politically unaware 16 yr olds clueless. Political education required.
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