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    (Original post by fire2burn)
    What a lovely oppressive Soviet state that sounds like :/

    Only members of the political elite can vote.

    You'll take an examination in this otherwise despite being a citizen of the nation you'll loose you rights to have a say in how the country is run? No thanks. Sounds like a fantastic way to reduce voter turn out even further.
    It may do to you, but it was the only solution I could think of, in order to settle the controversy over voting rights and to ensure that people did not say that certain votes were due to immaturity, lack of understanding, conformity, etc.

    And not necessarily the 'political elite', just only those who are well-informed enough about politics in order to actually understand the basics of what they are voting for. I didn't imply that it should be some mega-difficult exam, just a test to assess basic knowledge.

    To me, reducing the voter turn out sounds like a better option than continuing to allow people who know nothing about politics to vote for who runs our country.

    Besides, I don't see any alternative option that you've suggested...
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    (Original post by jacketpotato)
    The government run schools. This is a pretty large problem - the government shouldn't be telling people what to think about their own policies as part of the national curriculum.

    With the internet, your statement that there is a lack of access to information can't be supported. If people are at all interested, the information is there. Spoon-feeding people who just aren't interested isn't going to help.
    Concerning access to information, if I wanted a simple explanation of British politics and the different political parties even with the internet I think I'd be hard pressed. No one says - these are our policies, here are our advantages and disadvantages - the parties just **** off one another and the media is even worse.

    There is a conflict of interest in government run schools. However, you can study Politics at AS and A2 in state schools and as far as I'm aware there's little indoctrination going on. It can be an objective subject explaining how politics works, different political ideas and the positions of the different parties.
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    (Original post by vintage_007)
    It may do to you, but it was the only solution I could think of, in order to settle the controversy over voting rights and to ensure that people did not say that certain votes were due to immaturity, lack of understanding, conformity, etc.

    And not necessarily the 'political elite', just only those who are well-informed enough about politics in order to actually understand the basics of what they are voting for. I didn't imply that it should be some mega-difficult exam, just a test to assess basic knowledge.

    To me, reducing the voter turn out sounds like a better option than continuing to allow people who know nothing about politics to vote for who runs our country.

    Besides, I don't see any alternative option that you've suggested...
    Just because you've taken a test doesn't mean you wont turn to apathy and vote on a whim. I know well informed adults who've turned to crank parties like the Monster raving loony party at times, or voted just to 'get back' at a party they normally ally with.

    Taking a test doesn't prevent that :p:
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    (Original post by JW92)
    Concerning access to information, if I wanted a simple explanation of British politics and the different political parties even with the internet I think I'd be hard pressed. No one says - these are our policies, here are our advantages and disadvantages - the parties just **** off one another and the media is even worse.

    There is a conflict of interest in government run schools. However, you can study Politics at AS and A2 in state schools and as far as I'm aware there's little indoctrination going on. It can be an objective subject explaining how politics works, different political ideas and the positions of the different parties.
    Before elections parties very clearly put forward what they are going to do in their manifesto. I don't agree that parties just **** off one another - its based on policy discussion. The only way to achieve what we are looking for would be to completely dumb down politics and lose the detail in policy. This isn't in anybody's interests.

    Politics does explain how it all works and what different political ideas are. But teaching manifestos - future rather than present politics - is a far riskier and more indoctrinating business than anything that goes on at the moment.
 
 
 
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