Sir, One of the most challenging things about leading a school last Friday was dealing with such a strong sense of bewilderment among the young — some felt their future had been blighted by us older voters.
I used to be against 16-year-olds having the vote, but last week has changed my mind in the case of a referendum. In a general election 18 is fine because you have the power to influence a new result just a few years later. If we ever have another vote with such seismic consequences for future generations, the voting age should be 16 and schools should have an explicit role in giving impartial information about both sides of the debate.
Headmaster, Uppingham School, and vice-chairman, Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference
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