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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Paxman Suggests We Cap The Voting Age – And I Am Inclined To Agree

Recently, much has been made of the proposal to lower the voting age to 16, but what would happen if, instead of having a lower barrier to enter, you had a ceiling to cap it instead.

Interestingly, such a suggestion came from the irreplaceable Jeremy Paxman, in an article for the Financial Times in late November.

The article is entitled: “cull the grey vote – it is an affront to democracy” and is a surprising line to take by a man that is openly a Conservative voter.

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