I took part in a Question for Short Debate (QSD) in Grand Committee last Wednesday on the issue of the voting age. Lord Tyler was pursuing the case for lowering it to 16. Because of the number of peers wishing to speak, we each had 5 minutes (other than Lord Tyler and the minister). You can read the debate here.
I used my time to put the case against. As I argued, the argument for lowering the voting age derives from a false premise. Voting is a consequence of political interest, not a cause of it. We need to be in engaging in more serious debate about the actual causes of political disengagement and lack of trust.
In arguing against, I was joined by my former colleague, Professor Lord Parekh. It is notable that those arguing for lowering the voting age just regurgitated arguments made before and did not engage with the points I and Lord Parekh advanced.