In response to, Alistair Thompson: “If students got out of bed to vote, politicians would treat them with more respect”, Oliver J.S McMullen wrote:
Having been an undergraduate in the early eighties I have to say that students not voting is actually quite an encouraging phenomena. Consider that their existence is mostly parasitical – they suck up resources whilst giving nothing back – and they remain that way until they leave the bubble world of academia, embark on a career and start paying taxes and raising families. That they now pay fees is probably quite right – especially if they are humanites or arts undergrads. Why indeed should these people have the vote in the first place?
Most students in higher education undergo what might best be described as a prolonged adolescence, during which they are more often than not these days thoroughly indoctrinated in leftist groupthink, as opposed to being taught to think for themselves. So why should teenagers and students get to have a say in how much tax is paid by nurses, council workers, factory workers (however many of those are left), hospital cleaners, or self employed business people?
And as for the politicians the suggestion that they only care about groups who have the vote strikes me as being rather cynical – though sadly in most cases all too true. Dare I suggest that in a healthy political system politicians should be making a principled case for being elected and should be seeking office out of a sense of duty rather than self advancement? Also perhaps we should be asking why these days fewer and fewer people, from all walks of life, are voting at all rather than worrying about the advantage to be gained by getting this or that marginal special interest group to vote.