February 26, 2006


Brown backs votes at 16 in radical shakeup of politics (Patrick Wintour, February 27, 2006, The Guardian)

Gordon Brown today signals his support for lowering the age of voting to 16 as part of a radical programme to counter widespread alienation from modern politics. In an exclusive article in the Guardian, he says Labour must be prepared to reopen the debate on electoral reform for the House of Commons, a proposal he has previously opposed.

He says the executive must give up power, and again backs changes to the unelected House of Lords. Labour dropped the idea of voting at 16 after the proposal was rejected by the Electoral Commission, but Mr Brown's aides say the chancellor is in favour, so long as it is part of a package of "citizenship education" in schools.

Europe's problem is too much democracy, not too little. The lords should be strengthened and voting age raised to 21 for the married, 25 for singles.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 26, 2006 11:59 PM
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