Saturday, May 23, 2009

Youth's Turn

Every election introduces a new generation of voters to the responsibilities of representative democracy. It is their turn to step into the Agora of deliberation and debate, as countless generations have before them.

And so, for the first time, young people have the opportunity to voice their hopes and ambitions, to influence and determine their future, to take hold of the reins of responsibility for our national destiny.

Then again, maybe not ...

(ht my daughter for the image, she is - alas - too young to vote this time)


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  3. I have to admit I had a good laugh when I saw this but then my responsible young man frown came on again. This is bloody serious stuff and part of the problem is that students, labour market entrants, recent graduates, young private sector workers dont vote and dont field serious candidates and thus are not at the table as we decide who gets the lifejackets. This is not just bad for them - its bad for the long-term future of the world as a whole as we are breeding now throughout the world the seeds of serious future discontentment and disengagement. Paul might have a cheap laugh now but unfortunately he will probably confirm to many of the establishment that the generation coming through are too soft and could probably do with a good whack from the economy.


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