As noted the other day on the blog of Joseph Uranowski (aka “The Equivocator”), a couple of contenders for leadership of the so-called “Liberal” Party of British Columbia seem to think it would be a swell idea to lower the voting age in the province to 16.
My initial reaction was to regard this as a tremendously dumb idea, but the foregoing news story changed my mind.
As reported, only one lone individual out of a class of (presumably) 25 students (4% in pollster land) thought this was a good idea. The overwhelming majority of teenagers it seems figured they weren’t “mature” enough or otherwise expressed reservations about their capability to responsibly cast an election ballot.
Perversely, this forthright admission of their insufficiency in terms of being immature, self-absorbed wankers who are terrifically lacking relevant information about current affairs, more than qualifies them in my estimation to join the ranks of the general voting public that, for the most part, abundantly shares their shortcomings in these respects, irrespective of age.