After all, there's no way that a thirteen year old can know whether something is wrong or not, is there?
"Nick Clegg: Yes I am a big supporter of votes at 16. The state can ask a 16 year old to fight and die for this country*, why not vote too?"
After all, there's no way that a sixteen year old isn't mature enough to take decisions on who should govern, is there ?
This leaves just a narrow window of two years for a young person to develop from only just being responsible for their own actions, to being responsible for the fate of the nation. As I wrote previously :
"The liberal policy wonks seem to be engaged in a process of lowering the age of political responsibility while simultaneously raising the age of responsibility for everything else."
* Clegg's talking nonsense. 16 and 17-year-olds don't get sent to the front line.