The one-man-one-vote system could be modified in Germany to give parents an additional vote for their children if some leading German MPs have their way.Clearly my thinking is nowhere near radical enough on the subject of direct democracy. I wasn't thinking that children should vote too.
The proposal to give parents a proxy vote for their children to counter the rising power of the elderly lobby is similar to an idea mooted by Singapore's Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew in the early 1990s, but which was never taken up.
Concerned that politicians would be increasingly beholden to the demands of the rapidly swelling ranks of the retired, some Germans have taken the idea of universal suffrage to its logical conclusion.
They want children to have the right to vote to counter-balance the fast ageing electorate that is resisting cuts to generous benefits.
Forty-seven MPs are supporting a cross-party motion that calls for the right to vote from birth.
The motion asks the government to amend the Constitution so that parents get a proxy vote for each child under 18.
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Direct and Universal Democracy?
From the Straits Times (Asia):