Metro letters, Jan 19: Not just the young are baffled by MPs
Readers continue to debate whether it’s OK for young people to vote even though they’re disillusioned with politics.
Once reader says he’s ‘astounded’ by politicians today and he’s not what you’d describe as ‘young’.
Some feel that proportional representation is the solution to constant point-scoring party politics and pointless infighting.
Other topics include the differing appeal of Radio 2 DJs, more on the reform of NHS and whether there should be a name change on the high street. Read on and have your say.
■ I read with interest the comments about disillusioned young people not voting in elections (MetroTalk, Wed). I’m astounded by politics today even though I’m 62.
Isn’t it time that our politicians started to act like adults instead of these baying hounds in parliament? And that they actually join together to sort out the mess that previous governments have made?
Surely in these desperate times we should join together to sort out basic human needs such as housing, health and medicine, good transport systems and food supplies.
Come on MPs, act your age and give us an undivided government intent on making our lives better, instead of infighting about things that you think make you look better. Simon, Chichester
■ Building on the stance of Tobi, who says many young people won’t vote because they can’t understand the government’s actions regarding strikes and Brexit (MetroTalk, Mon).
I am a young person, barely 18, who is also completely baffled by the state of UK politics. However, not voting is not the answer. Labour might not be perfect, but we’ve had 13 years of the Tories and look where it has brought us. Akseli, Newcastle
■ Perhaps the votes of young people should be worth half a point as they are idealists lacking the experience to be realists. Plus they haven’t put anything in the kitty yet. Red, Ruislip
■ Young people don’t vote because none of the parties represent them. We need democratic reform to allow proportional representation and more parties. Neil, Sutton Coldfield
■ The UK is not a democracy as long as a government can rule based on a minority mandate. Proportional representation is the only way forward if we want to secure a real democracy that engages the population.
In most of the world’s happiest and most successful countries, PR has worked for years. It secures stability and prevents extremism. We wouldn’t have found ourselves in this financial mess had the Tories been forced to work with other parties to gain a majority for their damaging policies. J Pedersen, London
■ Regarding the letters on PR, this subject comes up on a regular basis. My view is that PR is not all that it is made out to be. Countries that have this type of voting mechanism have either a coalition of parties or a minority government.
This inevitably leads to parties taking far too long to reach an agreement on legislation or even stalemate. It’s doesn’t work. Paul, West Midlands
Listen to Radio 2? Sorry, no Ken do
■ Ah, Ken Bruce – another great presenter announces his exit from Radio 2 (Metro, Wed). I am still reeling from the loss of Paul O’Grady – Sundays are just not the same without him.
Times do change and the great and good move on, but, while some of the new presenters do a great job, the BBC would be wise to get rid of the nonsense-whittering Zoe Ball.
It’s particularly shocking that her salary was between £980,000 and £984,999 in 2021-22, according to the BBC annual report. Time for me to look for another station. Sarah, Kent
Charging for the NHS will cost the country more if lowest paid can’t afford it
■ People think of the NHS in isolation, seeing it as a cost and worrying about the size of it. However, when taken as part of wider society, it contributes to the economy and growth.
The workhorses of our society – the lowest paid – keep the economy going. If they get sick, it is in our interests to get them well. A resourced NHS does that.
The present crisis is down to an erosion of working conditions. It would cost us more to charge at the point of use, because those who are most important to society’s growth might not afford it, would be sicker for longer and less productive. Aidan, Dartford
■ We should have a government minister with a background in medicine. Geoff, via email
■ The problem with reforming the NHS is it is continually being reformed, never reforming the right bits or improving before the next round of changes creates more chaos. If only we could get the right system without the chaos of attempting it. Phil, Sheffield
And another thing…
■ Should the shop called Poundland change its name, now that very few items there actually cost a pound? Doctor Brasil, Glasgow
■ In MetroTalk I have read comments from Londoners saying the reason they don’t thank bus drivers is because they won’t hear them – either because the bus is too busy or the cabs are sealed. How many excuses are needed before you feel OK about being so rude? David, Brighton
■ Ian (MetroTalk, Tue) says it’s because drivers’ cabs are sealed that Londoners don’t thank them. Drivers can still lip read. Tracey, Wimbledon
■ RM Atkinson (MetroTalk, Wed) makes a great point on bright-white headlights. Soon, all lights will be blinding. Valerie, London
■ Lewis (MetroTalk, Wed) says only the wealthy exercise and eat well. Exercise can be done with very little cost – you don’t need a gym. Dave, Worksop
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