Why 16 and 17 year olds should be given the right to vote!

If any of you have been following my blog since the very beginning. You will know that my first ever article was my view on if 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote in the EU referendum. And of course I think they should be given the right to vote in the EU referendum. But what about voting as a whole? Well, my view is very much still the same. 16 and 17 year olds SHOULD be given the right to vote. And so think the Liberal Democrats.

Many a times I have heard from the older generation saying that 16 and 17 year olds shouldn’t be given the right to vote because in their eyes they haven’t ‘lived’ yet or they don’t really know what it is all about until they have actually lived under different governments. Nonsense!  Many 16 and 17 year olds I know have a great interest in politics as they care about their future and the future of Britain.

As we live in a democracy, everybody is entitled to their opinion and having their voice heard. What does it matter if your 16 or even 66? Your opinion is just as important. Many issues that are raised in government will effect the younger generation. Such as the rise in tuition fees and the EU referendum.

I also think that if 16 and 17 year olds were allowed to vote in the 2015 general election. The results would have been different. As I feel that the Liberal Democrats would have kept more of their seats as I know many 16 and 17 year olds who support the principles of liberalism and the Liberal Democrats as a party. As well as the Green Party and Labour.

16 and 17 year olds were allowed to vote in Scotland with the vote of whether they wanted to become a independent country. What makes any other election different? It’s still putting a cross into a box about your opinion on a countries decision.

Abby Tomlinson, the creator of Milifandom is living proof that the younger generation are interested in politics. Even though she is a Labour member. I admire her dedicated and courage to stand up for the younger generation and basically say to the Conservatives “Look, we do care why can’t you see that too!” I just wish more teenagers were like Abby, then maybe the Conservatives and David Cameron would finally listen to us and give us the vote that we want and deserve.

Such groups as the Liberal Youth as well is proof that we do have an interest. With many younger people taking active roles within that group, such as a good friend of mine Nathan Goldsmith who is the treasurer for the Liberal  Youth. There needs to be more groups like the Liberal Youth to give younger people a political voice.

Another movement that allows to give young people a voice within politics is the Youth parliament. Which again just like the Liberal Youth, is an absolute treasure in showing that younger people do care.

It’s our future! It’s not the strongest argument in the world. But in my opinion it’s the only argument we need. I just only wish David Cameron and his Conservative government saw it like that too.


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