During the Scottish Independence Referendum in 2014, I remember seeing images of two schoolchildren entering a polling station. A boy and a girl, both in their school uniforms, were about to cast their ballots. I have never been in favour of votes at 16, but if there had ever been a smidgen of doubt in my mind, it was obliterated looking at those images. It didn’t look or feel right. Schoolchildren are by their very definition not adults, and only adults should be allowed to vote.
The boy and girl in question had to attend school later that morning. If they had not, their parents could, and probably would, have been fined. The law states that they are not responsible enough to purchase alcohol or tobacco. The law also states that they are not responsible enough to get a tattoo, book a session on a sunbed, or drive a car. Continue reading “Votes at 16? For many reasons the answer has to be NO”