You may remember a few weeks ago we posted about the “World’s Youngest Member Of Parliament” which sparked a healthy debate on youth in politics. Today, the world’s first Police Commissioner (an elective representative to ensure effective policing) stood down as a result of offensive tweets which created widespread criticism.
Yesterday, she apologised for the series of tweets referring to drugs, “pikes” and “fags”, which she had written between the ages of 14 and 16. Kent police (who she was to start work with later this year) are investigating the situation.
She took on the job with a desire to “represent the young people of Kent”, but her hopes were cut short by the need to apologise and reassure the public that she was “not racist or homophobic”
What are your view on having a teenager in a position of authority? Does this show that children and teenagers have no place in politics?