Capping The Voting Age: The Wrong Method To Achieve A Positive Outcome

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece looking at Jeremy Paxman’s suggestion to cap the voting age in order to create a fairer society in the UK.

After a period to reflect on the proposal, and after speaking with a number of people on the topic, I have realised that what Paxman suggests is not a “progressive policy”, but is instead a highly undemocratic one.

Though the policy, if introduced, would create a higher proportion of left wing voters in the election turnout and result, which would be of benefit to the Left and it’s supporters, the means by which it would reach such an outcome are not in line with the belief in a free and fair society.

Essentially, though it may produce a positive outcome, it is the wrong method of reaching such a result.

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UKIP: The Latest Brand of British Populism

It was said that UKIP caused a “political earthquake” with their results in the European elections, but just as quickly as their stock has grown in recent times, so too it will decline, thus returning them to the political wilderness.

UKIP appears to have all the hallmarks of a populist movement. Note that populist, and popular are two different things, though undoubtedly there must be some sort of fan base for a movement of any sort.

In times of crisis, whether they be real or imaginary, people turn to new faces for solutions to old problems. Fed up with the status-quo, and disenchanted with the mainstream, the public turns to fresh movements that preach different ideas, and do not have the baggage of other political organisations.

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