Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Labour and Lib Dem peers want to give children the vote

Labour and Lib Dem peers are planning to join forces to allow impressionable school children to vote in the EU referendum.

Attempts to extend the franchise to 16 and 17 year olds were defeated in the House of Commons but the Conservatives don't have a majority in the House of Lords and are likely to be outvoted. Although the Lords can't force the Commons to give children a vote in the EU referendum, Cameron can't really afford to turn down the opportunity of 1.5m voters being fed pro-EU propaganda through the education system to try and swing the vote his way.

Giving all those failed Lib Dem MPs peerages rather than creating UKIP peers who would almost certainly have voted against giving school children the vote probably isn't looking like such a good idea any more eh Dave?