On BBC Question Time last Thursday night one person spoke more sense than the whole of the panel.

16 year old school girl on Question TimeI’d like to say that, yes, you’re right, that this goes back further than this week. But it goes back much further than any of you said. It goes back to when the plans for the Referendum were first announced, it goes back further with David Cameron trying to negotiate with the EU. David Cameron made the Referendum policy because he didn’t want to risk losing 10 or 15 seats to UKIP and look where it’s got us. This has always been because of the Tory party playing party politics with issues that are going to be huge generational changes for all of us. I’m 16 years old. I didn’t get a say in Brexit and I won’t get a say in it because there’s not going to be a second Referendum as things stand. But either way, I think that we have to face that this is not an issue of parties not coming together, this is not an issue of direct democracy that a Peoples Vote will be able to solve when it failed in the first place. What we need to look at is the fact this is all caused by a party putting itself first before the country it is trying to govern. What we need is not in fact a Peoples Vote. We need to look at a further extension and we can solve this where it should have started and where this could have  been solved in the first place by going back to a General Election and representative democracy because that was what this country was built on.’

A 16 year old schoolgirl is able to cut through all the lies and rhetoric. I might not agree with her call for a General Election but I can praise her insight. Perhaps that’s why the Tories didn’t want 16 year olds to vote in the Referendum?

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