He pretty much nailed it, but this part jumped out at me when reading the article on the BBC.
[Home Office minister Jeremy Browne said:] "I am instinctively uneasy about restricting the freedom of individuals to observe the religion of their choice.
"But there is genuine debate about whether girls should feel a compulsion to wear a veil when society deems children to be unable to express personal choices about other areas like buying alcohol, smoking or getting married."Making out anyone under 18 to be nothing more than unthinking drones opens up so many ban possibilities, doesn't it?
Personally, I try to guide the little Ps to be able to make their own decisions well before that age. It should, I suggest, be a national ambition that we want every teen to know enough about the world to possess wherewithal for self-reliance as early as possible.
That we have a government minister tacitly admitting that our teenagers are so astoundingly incompetent that they're not able to decide for themselves what they do - or do not do - with their own lives, is a shocking admittance that politicians have fucked up the education system, I'd say.
Yet we still have some calling for the voting age to be reduced to 16. Perhaps in the belief that under 18s are so very stupid that they're the only ones who actually respect politicians these days, I dunno.