Voting at 16 will help to build informed and engaged citizens

I do wonder sometimes about what my children (now aged 17, 19 and 21) think of my approach to parenting.

Most years of their lives, usually in May, we’ve had an exchange a bit like this: “Where are we going, Dad?”

“We’re going to the polling station to vote.”

“Do we have to come? We don’t want to. We’re tired/it’s raining/it’s boring.” 

“Too bad, you need to learn about elections and about politics. Get your shoes on.”

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Tom Mauchline