News and views from the heart of England - Issue 3    © David Smith 2018

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...and talking of Wales

There are as yet unconfirmed reports that the Welsh government is going to introduce a major policy change for very young children. The UK government is currently looking into how the voting process can be updated and brought into the 21st century. Alongside this initiative, the Boundary Commission is finalising details of a proposal to redraw the constituency boundaries to make all constituencies more equal in terms of population,  in order to reduce the bias that is known to exist because of the large number of smaller city constituencies.

Many options are being considered on both of these important developments, but the Welsh government, in line with their recent proposal to allow children as young as seven to have a say on the Brexit process, is rumoured to be considering allowing pre-nursery children to vote on the electoral and boundary changes in Wales. A local councillor said that it was important to get toddlers involved in current affairs. “It is all about their future”, she said, “when they eventually reach it.”