Monday, 25 May 2015

So Cameron really does want to leave the EU

The prejudices of the elderly should not blight the futures of their grandchildren

The Indy reports that the Tory government is planning to deny 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in the EU referendum which their Scottish cohort had in the poll on Scottish independence.

My recollection of canvassing as a parliamentary candidate was that it was the middle-aged and elderly who were most prejudiced against the European Union, when the subject came up at all. The young people who I quizzed on the subject were at worst indifferent. Their main concern was in getting a job.

My friends in the party tell me that their children who have been able to take advantage of today's interchange of young people across the EU are enthusiastic about the opportunities this offers. Why should the generation which is most engaged not be allowed to participate?

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