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Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

Whichever way you lean, with young people variously described as adults or children, it’s helpful to inject a bit of consistency in our attitude to themIs it reactionary to oppose the campaign for votes at 16, which a cross-party coalition in the House of Lords endorsed on Wednesday night for the coming EU referendum? Or is it a mixture of featherbrained nonsense and low calculation (the kids will vote my way) to support such a controversial change? Sensible people, expertise and arguments exist on both sides, including the Guardian’s editorial board and the redoubtable Polly Toynbee , which are both in favour. But so do foolish and self-interested ones. The SNP, which pioneered the reform in Scotland’s referendum, calculated the teenagers would back them (tentative evidence from pollsters says they narrowly didn’t) just as pro-EU campaigners hope they will vote to stay put. Related: The Lords are right: young people should vote on the EU referendum | Polly Toynbee Related: No 10 rejects Boris Johnson's call for Britain to have EU law veto Continue reading...

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