Singer says ‘If you don’t want to give them a driving licence, maybe don’t give them a future’
The 1975 singer Matt Healy has questioned whether old people should be allowed to vote, following Britain leaving the European Union last week.
Overall, Britain voted by 52%-48% to quit the EU. But statistics showed that 75% of 18-24-year-old voters wanted to remain in the EU, compared to 39% of voters aged 65 and above.
Although those figures also revealed that 36% of 18-24-year-olds voted compared to 83% of over-65s, Healy said: “A lot of the people that voted are in their seventies and I think when you’ve got a generation of people that you’re discussing whether they should have a driving license, I think if you don’t want to give them a driving licence, maybe don’t give them the future”.
Interviewed on Radio 5 Live’s Pienaar’s Politics show, Healy was questioned if he thought old people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. The singer clarified: “No, of course I don’t think that. I’m just angry, young and probably irrational and naïve. But I have the right to be like that at the moment.”
Healy, whose band played the Other Stage of Glastonbury on Saturday, said the Brexit vote was harming the future of young people. He said: “I was in a queue in Copenhagen to get on a plane back to London and I didn’t know which queue to get in. All passports? All EU Citizens? Obviously I know we’ve still got two years but it was a cold realisation.”
He continued: “There seems to be this anti compassionate sentiment amongst the older generation that’s now voted for a future the younger generation doesn’t want. I just think a generation has just been robbed of its opportunity for friendships and relationships and work opportunities. There’s so many things we’re missing now not being part of the European Union.”
The 1975 follow their shows at Wireless and Reading And Leeds festivals with a one-off headline date at London O2 on December 16.