At the age of sixteen one can get a full time job and are entitled to recieve the minimum wage or higher. At the age of sixteen one has to pay national insurance and income tax on any money earnt. At the age of sixteen one CANNOT vote. This is ridiculous, if someone put money into the economy by taxes they sould have the oppurtunity to vote for what they believe in and who they think will do the best job in running the country. David Millaband, the most likely next Labour leader said he would propose to bring the voting age down to 16 and that is why as soon as i turn 15 this November I am becoming a member of the Labour party. People say that young people will not make the right descisions and they will not think about what they want. That is wrong, the next five years will have abig impact on my life and I want every possible opportunity i can get from who i want to run the country. You only have to look to The Netherlands to see that lowering an age limit has a positive impact. In The Netherlands, the age of consent is 12, yet it still has one of the lowest rates of teenage pregnancies in Europe. This is because they are taught about the effects of sex early and they know what is right and what is wrong.
Why is this idea important?
My idea is important as young people must have their say and politics is one of the best ways to do this. I think that we need to get more children involved in politics from a younger age and I believe that organisations like New Turn ( http://www.newturn.org.uk/) do this. However these organisations need funds. I am very fortunate to go to one of the best grammar schools in the country, it is in Edmonton. At school we are taught about politics and what an impact it has on our lives and the society. During the last few days before the election, our school was buzzing of election talk. I believe we need to get all schools to teach about politics and its importance, so that kids do care about our country and therefore they will want to vote, and they WILL vote, unlike the millions of adults who can't be bothered. Young people are the future and they deserve a say on their future.