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Votes for 16-17yr olds – good or bad idea?


A quick observation from a country (Austria) in which 16-17yr olds will be voting in next Sundays General Election.

I’ve just read this BBC story  on the latest debate in UK on voting age. It promoted me to comment on twitter:

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Now I’ve talked to a lot of Austrian votes over the last few months about politics and who they will vote for. In all honesty the only people (excluding Party activists and not even many of them) who have actually sat down and read the party programmes were a small group of 16-17yr olds. They hold their own rather well in debate against old voters I’ve been told 🙂

For more info on Austrian General Election: Parties, trends, predictions 

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Lib Dems still want to axe tuition fees


The BBC are reportsing that Deputy Liberal Democrat leader Simon Hughes has said his party remains committed to axing tuition fees.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12923049

Simon Hughes also wrote an interesting piece about the educational maintaince allowance (EMA):

http://www.libdemvoice.org/simon-hughes-writes-educational-maintenance-allowance-a-grownup-replacement-23609.html

I was surprised to discover via Twitter that Labour had been committed to scrapping the EMA

http://www.markpack.org.uk/did-you-know-labour-were-committed-to-scrapping-the-educational-maintenance-allowance-ema/

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