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Voting at 16, smoking at 18...

A somewhat silly position to hold one might think, but some of our legislators don't think so, having checked EDMs on voting and smoking.

How many MPs hold this position ? A couple of rather confused and / or obsessive EDM signers? Nope, I make it 19.

And here they are:

Peter Bottomley
Tom Brake
Vincent Cable
Martin Caton
Janet Dean
Clive Efford
Mike Hancock
Diana Johnson
John Leech
Chris McCafferty
Greg Pope
Joan Ruddock
Bob Russell
Bob Spink
David Taylor
Rudi Vis
Betty Williams
Stephen Williams
Phil Willis


Sigh....
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Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 12:52 pm

unbelievable!!!there's figures out today about how all the guff from the govt to stop underage drinking doesn't work and lo and behold a few of the idiots are up to something like this.

16 voting/shagging/marriage

18 smoking. (errrrrrrr spot the odd one out).

19 magistrate  



Blogger Croydonian said... 1:03 pm

It gave me a good groan....

Plus you could join the forces and not be allowed a thoughtful smoke. Which is the graver decision, I wonder? (Incidentally, Old Man Croydonian, God rest his soul, got his National Service RAF call up just after he'd completed his accountancy exams and was ready to start making a decent living. It depressed him so much he started smoking on the bus to Catterick or wherever it was).

I read a while back that smoking among teens was on the decline because they were spending their money on pre-paid mobiles instead. Maybe a hike in mobile pricing would be more effective than all of the nagging from Big Nanny.  



Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 1:10 pm

nice one C,forgot about

17 can die for country in combat  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 1:32 pm

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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 1:35 pm

It is also slightly ironic that a few years ago this current bunch of fuckwits (labour)managed to get themselves in to a slightly embarrassing hole when they signed on to a UN pledge to outlaw "child" soldiers then realised that under the pledge a child was anybody under the age of 18
OOOPS!
bearing in mind we have lost 17 and 18 year olds in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Oh and furthermore they are suggesting that you have to be over 18 to buy a knife (or scissors) or an airgun, but its ok to be told fix bayonets to your assault rifle aged 17 and charge the Tailban
fucking idiots.
And OK to drop bombs on women and children but not set a dog on foxes.  



Anonymous Verity said... 4:18 pm

I've heard of Peter Bottomley.

Who are the rest?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 5:42 pm

Verity, I can put a face to some of the names. The most infamous is probably Joan Ruddock, one time head honcho at CND. Shall we say she has been deeply obscure since entering Parliament.  



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