Truth of youth?

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Emma Cowing is spot-on in her article about Ibiza drug smuggling (14 August) when she avers: “At 19, most young women are … still wee lassies.”

There is no evidence that most young men are any more mature; in fact, biology dictates they are probably less so (though of course, some members of both sexes are).

So why are they deemed responsible enough at 18 to buy tobacco and alcohol, get tattooed, gamble in betting shops, serve in combat roles and on juries, vote in elections and even become councillors, MSPs or MPs?

And at 17 to drive cars; at 16 to get married, enter civil partnerships, vote in the referendum and become community councillors?

John Birkett

St Andrews