‘Honoured that you are writing my father’s biography’ the late Tony Benn, ‘...wonderfully written’ Hilary Benn

‘Sparkles with fascinating detail…a remarkable story of Liberal and Labour politics in the first half of the twentieth century.’ Michael Crick, Political Correspondent, Channel 4 News

‘Casts much light both on the evolution of British radicalism, and on the legacy which he bequeathed to his son, Tony. Professor Vernon Bogdanor, King's College, London

‘Brilliant biography…wonderful reading about the father and...discovering more about the son.’ Steve Richards of The Independent

‘Well-written and carefully researched, this fascinating biography brings to life a major figure in British political history…an excellent job of weaving together the strands of a complex life…as well as filling in the background of the Benn family’ Richard Doherty, military historian

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Scots votes at 16 could sink independence

The proposal to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the Scottish independence referendum has stirred up a political hornets’ nest.

Including 16 and 17 year old voters will likely result in the percentage turnout being lower, as younger voters are generally considered less likely to vote than older voters. In the 1979 Scottish devolution referendum only 33% of the electorate voted. This was a problem for the supporters of devolution as it fell below the threshold set at 40% turnout for the result to be binding and the narrow margin of votes in favour of devolution was ignored.

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