There was an item on the television recently asking whether 16 year olds should have the vote, on the grounds that they can have sex, get married (with their parents permission) smoke and I believe they said drink too.

I have to admit the drinking one doesn’t sound quite right but as I’m so far past the age of being able to buy a drink in a pub, I’m almost coming round from the other end.

There was a suggestion that at 16 people were too immature to know what they were thinking with regard to voting and a young spokesperson was put forward to argue the case for the youth vote.

I believe the young lady put forward was called Katie Adsett who was arguing that at 16 she was more than mature enough to vote, however one doesn’t like to judge people on their appearance but we inevitably do and this young lady presented herself with a ring through her nose, a piercing through her eyebrow and one under her bottom lip and I believe she had her ear lobe stretched with a ring thingy.

Whether this look is the look of a immature young girl or that of a fully mature adult sufficiently old enough to get the vote, I will leave you to decide but I suspect in later years when she is older she may change her look.

I had thought she had done her case no favours when she argued that 16 year olds were old enough in law to have children, although whether one would be thought of as mature if you chose to have a child at 16 I couldn’t possibly say.

16 and 17 year-olds and the EU Referendum | WISERD


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I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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  1. SueW says:

    I’d say a definite No.
    Plus I’ll mix things further and say students should not be allowed to vote in the area of their temporary accommodation.

    A brilliant MP who worked tirelessly for our area was voted out by students who knew very little about the area where they were temporarily lived and studied.

  2. Unfortunately there seem to be as many older idiots around as there are younger ones, the Prime Minister being amongst that number. I’ve always voted X as did my father before me, and my grandfather, seems to me to be a very silly way to base one’s voting. Equally, focussing on a single policy should not determine which way to vote. I despair when seeing people complain about the number of potholes, or lack of markets, or police, or any number of other items, when they are not prepared to pay an equitable amount of tax and yet want everything done for them. I am so glad that I do not have grandchildren to have to be concerned for their future! Perhaps we should return to having voters who are male and have an income of at least £500,000 per annum? (ONLY JOKING)

  3. My granddaughter had to be 18 to drive officially 😀

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