Well, At Least We Aren’t the Brits: UK Academic Argues 6-Year-Olds Should Be Able to Vote

Dec 9, 2018 by

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the high school in the United Kingdom that somehow allowed a beer drinking, hairy chested man posing as a 15-year-old Iranian asylum seeker to enroll in classes. When parents brought their concerns, they were called racist by school faculty. This week in bizarroland news from across the pond, a British academic is “serious” when he argues that British citizens as young as age six should have the right to vote in order to combat the large senior citizen voting bloc in English society.

Well, At Least We Aren't the Brits: UK Academic Argues 6-Year-Olds Should Be Able to Vote

In what one should hope is simply an elaborate prank, Professor David Runciman, Cambridge University’s head of politics, recently said on a podcast that “the British voting system was weighted against the young because older people yield far more votes, a problem made worse by an ageing population.”

Fair enough, one could understand how this could cause issues. But, his solution to this problem is so silly, it almost has to be as a joke.

via The Daily Mail:

‘I would lower the voting age to six, not 16, and I’m serious about that,’ he said. ‘I would want people who vote to be able to read, so I would exclude reception.

‘The old thing about voting for people like you wouldn’t happen, 9-year-olds aren’t going to elect 9-year-olds to Parliament and even if they did they’d be outvoted.

‘What’s the worst that could happen? At least it would be exciting, it would make elections more fun. ‘

He continued, arguing that this would not only be good for society but could help serve to show the structural imbalance due to the growing age gap amongst voters.

‘It is never going to happen in a million years but as a way of capturing just how structurally unbalanced our democracies have become, seriously, why not? Why not six-year-olds?’ he asked.

He ended his plea with a message towards twenty-year-old voters. In short, he told this demographic, “You’re screwed.”

Source: Well, At Least We Aren’t the Brits: UK Academic Argues 6-Year-Olds Should Be Able to Vote

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