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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An Open Letter to Purna Sen

Purna Sen is a Labour candidate for the 2015 General Election. She is going to be challenging Caroline Lucas for the Brighton Pavilion seat. A few days ago a Labour News leaflet was brought to my attention. On the back it stated: “Tell Purna your views and comments”. So I did.

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MEP’s: Wealthy, Vain and Accountable To No One

He took a long drag of his cigarette. Perched awkwardly on an exterior pub seat, his face hovering over the screen of his phone, he exhaled the smoke whilst stating “346 votes, can you see me? Can you find it?”

He repeated, “Yeah, I got 346 votes. It’s not bad.” Sucking on his cigarette again he quickly glanced at me.

He must have known I was watching, and listening, indeed the whole street could listen at the volume he was announcing his recent failure. Although he tried to remain upbeat, the disappointment in his voice and across his face was clear.

On the banks of the river Thames, not far from Gunnersbury station, I was sat watching, and listening to the scene unfolding before me.

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