My list-based commentary article for Buzzfeed (8 February 2014) on the many rights and responsibilities young people acquire before the right to vote. It would be circular logic to suggest having some rights at 16 means the right to vote must come in at 16 too, but it is certainly very, very odd that something as risk-free as casting a vote has a higher age restriction than some of these.
1. Leave home
2. Pay tax
“No taxation without representation,” the American revolutionaries told us in the 1700s. Three centuries later we still haven’t learned. 16 year olds in work will pay tax and national insurance, without the opportunity to vote for those who spend it.