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Thread #165570   Message #4016178
Posted By: Steve Shaw
30-Oct-19 - 10:51 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
The right to vote is the most immovable of the tenets of democracy. I sit in front of the telly some nights and hear the vox pops which include people who clearly haven't a clue what they're talking about. It's perfectly obvious that millions of people who voted leave didn't know what they were really voting for. I happily resist the urge to shout out that they don't deserve the vote. Millions of people who don't follow politics at all still vote. This is a matter of principle that has been fought for over centuries. To me, the principle is that I can vote because I live here, pay taxes here, work(ed) here and am affected by government policy. That applies equally to EU citizens who live and work here. There couldn't be much objection to a minimum period of residency of several years and an insistence that they must relinquish the right to vote in another country as well. I'm aware that no other EU country affords such a right. But in my view they should. That's where I am on this. I don't care to be told that I can't propose something more fair and just than what we do now simply because others don't propose it.