Sunday, September 28, 2008

Austria shows the lead

Plenty of coverage of the Austrian General Election today ...

... what's not been such a huge topic of discussion in the UK, is the fact that today Austria became the first European country to lower the franchise to all 16 and 17 year olds. Some 200,000 additional individuals being entitled to vote for the first time ;-)

I'm all in favour of lowering the voting age to 16 - but the tone of debate about this issue in the UK is sometimes pretty derisory ... just check out some of the political responses here :-(

British Youth Council website has the counter-arguments ...

2 comments:

garty said...

What's so great about watching a bunch of spotty faced numpties vote far-Right?

We should raise the voting age to thirty and stop it at seventy...

Andrew said...

Garty

Thanks for the comment.

Sorry, we'll just have to disagree on that assessment.

Andrew