Sixteen-year-old politics student in the UK, interested in the lack of political buy-in from young people and the criminal justice system
Seb McCarthy is a sixteen-year-old politics student in the UK, interested in the lack of political buy-in from young people and the criminal justice system. Fulham FC supporter and Homeland fan. Writes on voting participation, election campaigns and teenage concerns.
The 'future generation' that we all hear so much about from our politicians is forecasted to be a criminal one, with arguably the most worrying figure released last year from the Ministry of Justice telling us that young people between the ages 10-17 accounted for almost 18% of arrests made.
At the age of sixteen, I can now legally join the army, get a full-time job, leave home without my parents' consent and get married, yet people my age still find themselves denied the right to vote, one of the most important rights you can have in a democratic country. How can it be that anyone of my age can get a job and pay taxes towards a government whom they are not even able to vote for?
12/11/2012 17:04 GMT
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