It's been unusually busy for a Friday, so sorry for the lack of bloggage.
But I couldn't go home without mentioning the superb speech made by one lad in the House of Commons today, I think his name was James Evans.
He was among hundreds of members of the UK Youth Parliament who invaded the Commons chamber to hold their annual meeting. They are the first non-MP group ever to hold a debate in there.
I do this from memory so it may not be spot on, but in arguing for the voting age to be lowered to 16 Mr Evans said...
"We can smoke with our MP, we can marry our MP, we can sleep with our MP.
"We can sign up to the armed forces, fight and die for our MP, but we cannot vote for our MP. It's an absolute disgrace."
I wasn't a fan of lowering the voting age, but I have to say his speech, and the attitudes and passion of the Youth Parliament generally has gone a long way to convincing me otherwise.
Shame on the Tory MPs who tried to scupper this event earlier this year.
Friday, 30 October 2009
Posted by Lobbydog at 17:23