I've always decreed that politicians should be at least 30 years old before going into any form of government. There are exceptions, as there are in any profession, but 30+ seems a reasonable age for anyone to have grasped the basics of life in our country.
For some reason - and I'm still completely baffled by it - the electorate of Newcastle Borough Council, Staffordshire in May decided to elect Kyle Taylor (pictured above), who is 18 years old, as their local councillor.
Mr Taylor is objecting to the head of his school, Dr Alan Jones, Maryhill High Media Arts College, expelling him on the grounds of his absenteeism. Mr Taylor denied his poor attendance and said he had been told to leave because of six hours he had missed since being elected. He had attended meetings and inductions he insisted and said it would benefit residents of his ward if he completed his education.
However Dr Jones said that councillor Taylor's absences had been going on for two years and was below 50% in some subjects since March. Councillor Taylor intends to complete his education elsewhere.
But that's not all by any means. Days after being elected, councillor Taylor was charged with assaulting his girlfriend at Stoke station on Sunday 25 April. He has pleaded not guilty to common assault and is due to face trial at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on 18 August.
Following his arrest on 25 April, he was suspended by Stoke-on-Trent North Constituency Labour party. He later won the ward by 82 votes.
What made the people of his ward vote for someone who allegedly assaulted someone? What is it within labour voters' mentalities that they can't see the wood for the trees? How could anyone vote for a school pupil who is receiving a good salary courtesy of the taxpayer? So many questions and only one answer. Ignorance.
Surely this case shows that placing someone so young into a position of power could be dangerous. Not only to his girlfriend...