Woodstock and Peterloo – there is a tenuous link

peterlooAs we acknowledge two anniversaries this week, it was fascinating to discover that that there is a rather tenuous link. The celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock included an interview on radio 4 of a man who was 21 years old at the time and who ended up driving Bob Dylan around the Isle of Wight two weeks later when he came over for the Festival. The man stated very clearly that when he was 21 he was as mature as most 16 and 17 year olds are today. Role on a couple of days and today we are acknowledging the 200th anniversary of Peterloo when men and women took to the Streets of Manchester to demand a vote. Their demands would have made our modern arrangement of 18 year old men and woman having a vote look very fantastic and even very radical. However given the views of the man who drove Dylan around the Isle of Wight, it is clearly time to extend the voting rights to 16 and 17 year old citizens of the UK. This will fit in with the Scottish arrangement and indeed the Conservative Party arrangement. It will also move us into a new way of thinking when it comes to our democracy which is in desperate need for an upgrade.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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