Matthew Parris’ column in last weekend’s Times was about giving 16-year olds the vote, and I find it difficult to understand his reasons.
Everyone knows that it is education and experience which gives people the ability to reach commonsense decisions. Certainly, I do not believe anyone will think that a 6 year old child would have a sensible vote, or a 10 year old child would have a sensible vote, or a 14 year old would have a sensible vote. Why should a 16 year old have a vote? Indeed, for 100 years or more, it was necessary to be 21 years old to have a vote. During all those years, one finished school at 13 years old, and young people usually married and had children before they reached the age of 21. Yet, today, Mr Parris is suggesting that children, not even finished school, should have a vote. Surely, this is the opposite of common sense.