"Our membership levels are stable and are published in our accounts annually. "We continue to attract new members every week - in fact there has been a 15% increase in the number of 15 to 27-year-olds joining the party."This got me wondering about all the talk lately relating to lowering the voting age to 16. Back in February last year Hilary Benn wrote the following in an article for Guardian:
We must not ignore the younger electorate in a fight for older swing voters who we can be confident will go to the polls. The next general election will be decided in super-marginals. Motivating younger voters is therefore both the right thing to do and it could make the difference between Labour winning and losing the next election.This policy also has the backing of Gordon Brown (If that means anything now). I don't like the idea of giving sixteen year olds the vote. There are too many sixteen year olds nowadays that can barely string a sentence together, never mind having any idea about politics. I read a great comment on the BBC website which came from a guy called James: Quite daft. Far more sensible is to require five years employment before you qualify to vote. You know? I think he may be on to something there.
UPDATE: I think I should clarify my position on this subject. Whilst I believe that the idea of only allowing those who have worked for five years the right to vote would mean we have a more informed electorate, I still believe that is a basic right to vote at 18.