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    (Original post by lolakirk)
    So having to take a test which confirms you know what you are voting for is a sign of elitism now... Ok.
    I don't think this way, but most people in the opposition of this idea think so. Theoretically it works, but there is no quick and clever way to do it, unless you withdraw from democracy completely.
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    (Original post by cogito.)
    I don't think this way, but most people in the opposition of this idea think so. Theoretically it works, but there is no quick and clever way to do it, unless you withdraw from democracy completely.
    There is nothing undemocratic about requiring everyone to take a test to see if they are fit to vote. Undemocratic would be if we put a restriction on who is allowed to take the test.
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    (Original post by lolakirk)
    There is nothing undemocratic about requiring everyone to take a test to see if they are fit to vote. Undemocratic would be if we put a restriction on who is allowed to take the test.
    Most people don't (in 2015 the number is 53%) even have a D in GCSE English, I doubt they will understand the test.
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    (Original post by cogito.)
    Most people don't (in 2015 the number is 53%) even have a D in GCSE English, I doubt they will understand the test.
    Which is exactly the point of the test, weed out people who aren't fit to vote. Just like you weed out people who aren't fit to have GCSEs by giving them a fail mark on the GCSE.
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    (Original post by lolakirk)
    Which is exactly the point of the test, weed out people who aren't fit to vote. Just like you weed out people who aren't fit to have GCSEs by giving them a fail mark on the GCSE.
    But that's almost half of the country, I will be afraid to walk alone on the street if I were you. However I agree with you on this point, a completely mentally retarded person will make no rational decision whatsoever, but how can you draw the line, or design the test, to draw a fair distinction between them?
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    (Original post by cogito.;66129277[b)
    ]But that's almost half of the country[/b], I will be afraid to walk alone on the street if I were you. However I agree with you on this point, a completely mentally retarded person will make no rational decision whatsoever, but how can you draw the line, or design the test, to draw a fair distinction between them?
    Do you honestly think that half of the country are mentally challenged to the point where they can't answer basic questions?

    As for how we would do the test, people would be given learning material or prior knowledge about what is going to be in the test, just like you are given this information before taking any test. As I said, the test wouldn't require a level of education, it would be designed so that people 18 and above would be able to understand it. Whether you have a GCSE or a university degree doesn't make a difference since the test doesn't require any specialist knowledge that you would have had to learn in school. The test wouldnt include people having to do financial forecasts or anything like that, lmao.
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    But what if for example all the "stupid" people are starving and they want to vote for something to stop them from starving but they are unable to because they are "stupid". I'm aware that this is an exaggeration. Frankly I don't agree completely with the idea of democracy as such. A republic is a much better way to manage a country. This is where the people choose their representatives(through voting) and these representatives are the ones that do the voting. This is better because most politicians tend to be fairly well educated as to what is and isn't reasonable.
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    Only brexit plebs have an issue with this because they know most of them would fail.
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    (Original post by drogon)
    Only brexit plebs have an issue with this because they know most of them would fail.
    I'm 100% Bremain and I don't think it's appropriate
 
 
 
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