Post by MM
It's what I've been saying all along. The future belongs to the young.
One could argue that old people didn't deserve to vote in the EU
referendum, as they will be dead long before the bad effects they have
brought about kick in.
Good old Vince! He has a habit of calling a spade a spade. Britain
needs more like him.
If ever the UK was in the need for the likes of Vince then I would vote for foreign governance! Since you are the plaudit of the young, don't you believe that the Lib Dems should have elected a younger leader?
Oh! I was forgetting, nobody else wanted the job! His former constituency voted him out!
It could also be argued with equal vehemence that these young people to whom the future belongs are beneficiaries of the affluent society that their elders worked for. That they lack the knowledge wisdom and experience for such a fundamental decision alone. The electoral system in this country decrees that virtually everyone who has reached his/her majority is allowed to vote and that every voters vote is, quite rightly, of equal weight.
In fact it cannot be argued that the elderly section of the population let the EU down and did not give it a chance. 67% of these very same people gave the EU a thundering endorsement in the first referendum of 1975. It is not they that let them down. It was the EU that failed to live up to their expectation.
A 42 year trial run has yielded little or nothing.
In any case, neither you, I nor Vince Cable can know how young people voted. We have a secret ballot in this country. The statistic was based on a survey of no more than a few thousand people out of tens f millions in one or a small number of places on behalf of organisations whose desire was no more than to fill a few column inches.
To be valid, any democratic exercise must be open to all those who are prepared to partake and all votes must carry equal weight. The exercise was not engineered with a view towards determining the effect of age on voting patterns.