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Generation X

by | 4th, May 2004

‘IF the Telegraph’s poll is right and Tony Blair is now no more or less popular with the electorate than Tory leader Michael Howard, New Labour could be in trouble.

‘Well, that’s four votes in the bag’

What the party and Tony need is a plan, a way of getting the nation excited once more about the Third Way and all that education.

Tony must have brought up this exact topic of conversation at one of his many children’s parties/focus groups, and the recipe for his return to political dominance soon became clear give the youth the vote.

Just last month the Electoral Commission decided to oppose any move to lower the age at which people are allowed to put a cross on a piece of paper from 18 to 16 but what do those old squares know about anything, eh kidz?

So, in spite of the advice given by a group set up by Parliament in 2002 to look into just such matters, the Independent says Labour politicians are throwing their weight behind plans to lower the voting age.

‘The commission does not have a veto,’ says one senior Labour source.

‘We will listen carefully to what is said and we will take account of its arguments. But we will make our own decision.’

It’s the kind of language any 16-year-old can understand, although the words are a little better put than ‘Get out of my life,

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