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 Post subject: Re: Voting age...
PostPosted: Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:28 pm 
It's an interesting point. But harsh on the over 80's and would you include the younger terminally ill for the same reason? But rather than have the cut off at 80 you might suggest anyone over 50 is denied a vote, because it might take 30 years for the benefits of an independent Scotland to be realised in day to day life.

Or you could suggest that only over 50's are allowed to vote because they have the benefit of wisdom and experience. It's for those reasons that most major civil decisions have traditionally been made by the elders of a community.

You might also deny a vote to anyone who might consider leaving the country in the future, because they might not care so much what the consequences are! Hand in your passports before you are allowed to vote, "Yes"!

As has been stated before, many times, the die is already set, and we will all be stuck with a decision whichever way it goes. The basis on which people are given a vote is flawed, and I suspect there are people from all sides of the argument on independence who feel that way.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 5:54 pm 
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As one of those who has just passed the 80 mark, I find it completely incomprehensible that Elaine Rodger should consider that we should be denied voting rites because of our age. In the whole democracy that we have enjoyed in this country (UK) since the suffregette? days there has been no upper age limit on voting rights, and why one should be suggested for this particular referendum beggars belief. Presumably the SNP thought that with the inclusion of 16 year olds they might increase the number of YES votes, and presumably the Elaine Rodger exclusion might exclued a number of NO votes.
This suggestion that the younger you are you are more likely to vote YES and the older you are you are likely to vote NO, would suggest that experience is deteimental to progress, and that decision making should be left to those without so much of this commodity.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 8:33 pm 
My case is rested!

Meaning? Can you explain yourself better?

You'll find that those lucky enough to reach the age of 80 have had to put up with a lot more in life than we younger ones have. Can you imagine living through a world war? Todays younger people take too much for granted with not enough appreciation of what they have.

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