Well, this is awkward.
I'm not going to lie I'm scared. Really fucking scared.
We're the generation who will have to live with this
The first thing I spotted about this graph is that I'm old enough to belong to the second group, and that means I'm officially old. Second thing I spot (which is the entire point of the graph) is that the people who wanted Brexit the most aren't going to live long enough to experience the potentially diabolical consequences. Basically racist grannies at the bus stop.
I'll make it clear I was being flippant with this tweet. Very flippant. I do not want to start a petition asking the government the implement an upper voting age limit. Even if I don't agree with them, the racist grannies at the bus stop should still be entitled to their say. But this illustrates - to me at least - why 16 year olds should be given a vote. Aside from being old enough to get a full-time job and pay taxes, get married, consent to a sexual rendezvous, bring a child into this world, leave school for college or university, leave their parents house and face the world on their own, they are the generation who will have to live with this decision the longest. They were the generation who wanted this the least. So they should get to vote on important things that can't easily be undone.
When I started my business degree at university it was drummed into us that we were the generation who would have to fix the recession caused by the generations before us. That was 2008 and while things have improved a bit, they're still far from being fixed. And now there's this - something that's going to be very hard to fix if it turns out to be the worst decision that UK has made (and judging by the pound plummeting it could well be).