Should 16-year-olds get vote and over-70s lose it?
THE SNP’s younger and wilder elements are apparently claiming on social media that over-70s should be banned from voting, presumably as they are too old and the future belongs to the young. As I am in that older age group, I would like to suggest a solution. Why not have a compulsory IQ and general knowledge test of the 16year-olds and the over-70s? Those passing would be eligible to vote.
ALExANDER MckAY, Edinburgh.
A POLL says 47 per cent of 16 to 34-year-olds want to abolish some
voting rights for the over-70s. On that basis, Jeremy Corbyn is on the scrapheap. What lifetime of experience will 16-year-olds draw on if they vote?
DAN HARTLEY, Solihull, W. Mids.
I AM horrified some youngsters think people of my age should be denied a vote. They have stereotyped us as a group with views that are not relevant to the modern world when, in fact, we thought of the younger generation when we voted in the referendum. I remember dismissing my parents’
SUSAN FELLA, Enfield, Middlesex.
old-fashioned attitudes until I realised their beliefs were based on their life experiences.
IF 16-YEAR-OLDS get the vote, will they no longer be asked for ID to buy cigarettes and alcohol? Will they be named in court if they commit a crime? You can’t have it both ways.
DAVID HUGHES, Preston, Lancs.
STOPPING the over-70s voting would have one enormous benefit — it would wipe out most of the House of Lords.
HELEN ROWLAND, Harwich, Essex.