Metro Letters, Jan 23: Maybe Voters Should Get IQ Tests’

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What has readers talking (Image: Alamy/Getty/iStockphoto/Scott Heppell – WPA Pool/Stephen Lock / i-Images/Metro)

Readers still have voting on their minds, it seems.

Limiting voting for seniors, as well as removing voting for younger citizens, were hot topics last week.

Today, readers suggest that young people have been prevented from voting.

There is also talk of Rishi Sunak using taxpayers’ money to get on a private plane from London to Blackpool, as well as whether or not we should bring cake to the office. Read on and make sure you have feedback.

■ Regarding the letters about young people being prevented from voting and how a person’s age can influence their vote, maybe a person’s age is not important, maybe it’s their IQ.

I was president of a polling station for the Brexit referendum in 2016. A lady said to me: ‘I’m 40 years old and I’ve never voted, what do I do?’ I told him: ‘Put a cross in one of those boxes.’ ‘Oh,’ she said, ‘is that all?’

I gave another lady in her 50s her ballot. She walked away, then came back and asked me, ‘What does “Stay” mean?’

A woman in her 20s handed me her postal ballot, which she can accept for her district, but this was for Cambridge, not Stockport. I explained to her that she couldn’t take it. ‘Oh,’ she said, ‘then I’ll use my Stockport vote.’ I explained that people must be registered in one place. She tried to convince me that many students are enrolled at home and at the university.

So, let’s start with the IQ test first. Mike, Stockport

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Should we test our IQ to vote? (Image: Getty/iStockphoto)

■ Absolute majority voting, rather than proportional representation, has resulted in two parties dominating British politics. When the general election comes around, the whole ‘your vote matters’ is a lie if you live in a swing seat area and don’t want to vote Labor or Tory. That’s why people don’t vote.

We need proportional representation because this slows down decision making and ensures that all points of view are well represented. Adam, Manchester

■ Newcastle’s Akseli (MetroTalk, Thursday) criticizes the 13 years we’ve had of Conservative rule and is ‘barely 18’.

We had over a decade of work before the Conservative Party took control in 2010, and that was not exactly a good time for the majority of the population.

I am approaching 70 and have experienced numerous governments with red flags and blue flags.

Be careful what you wish for, Akseli. It could well be more painful than you expect, and I’m speaking here from experience. Les Curnow, Forest Hill

■ I was interested to read that Paul from West Midlands (MetroTalk, Thursday) thinks proportional representation ‘doesn’t work’.

A total of 40 European countries use some form of PR, including Austria, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain. It seems they are making less of a fuss than the UK. We have a bipartisan state and we are doomed to go around in circles with people who feel increasingly disenfranchised. PR is the only way to go. Ali, London

■ Chichester’s Simon (MetroTalk, Thursday) is right to criticize the poor role models in Westminster who spend their time barking like hounds.

Anyone who watches the Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesdays will see exactly what Simon means. A class of elementary school children would be much better behaved. Al, Charlton

■ Those who say that young people will not vote because neither party represents them miss the point. Representative or not, the ruling party rules your life.

If you don’t let grandma choose your clothes or choose your music, why let the old men choose your government? rose d york

Sunak should stop the flights of fancy

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Rishi Sunak is under fire for using a private jet to travel short distances using taxpayer money (Image: Scott Heppell – WPA Pool/Getty)

■ Rishi Sunak is under fire for taking another taxpayer-funded private jet flight to promote the upgrade (Metro, Friday). The prime minister flew 41 minutes from RAF Northolt in west London to Blackpool. Why are you making these visits? They are not essential. Sunak should be in Westminster trying to sort out the mess this county is in. Tim, London

■ There is little point in complaining about Rishi Sunak running around in private jets. He’s not in the top spot for long, so take it easy guys. Tony B, Thailand

And another thing

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Cakes should not be allowed into the office, according to Britain’s food health chief (Image: Alamy)

■ Office workers shouldn’t bring cakes to celebrate birthdays or boost morale, according to Britain’s chief food health officer, Professor Susan Jebb (Metro, Thursday). It’s been many years since I worked in an office but I still remember what a treat it was if someone walked in with a cake, especially a homemade one. One of life’s little pleasures. Sarah Brown, Cheltenham

■ Apart from MetroTalk’s comments about people saying ‘thank you’ to bus drivers, I am a London bus driver and I really like when a passenger says ‘thank you’. It makes you feel appreciated for the service you are providing. It’s so much better than people walking by without realizing you’re there. All those who provide a service should receive a ‘thank you’. They’re just two little words, but they go a long way. Maxine, playing

■ I am annoyed by the subway cars full of children’s school outings, with small children occupying all the seats. It also happened recently on the top deck of a bus. Steve Mitchell, London

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Tube cars full of schoolchildren on a journey are a complaint to a reader (Image: Stephen Lock/i-Images)

■ To Martin from South Croydon (MetroTalk, Friday) who is ‘scarred for life’ after buying a tuna sandwich without butter. I apologize, it was me. I’m trying to stop the world from eating butter. It’s a one-man crusade, I know, but it has to start somewhere. Long live virgin bread! Jim, London

■ Given the widespread criticism of Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s video explaining inflation with cups of coffee (MetroTalk, Friday), it would seem that the general public is all economists.

Wrong. The economy is complicated, and in his attempt to provide a visual explanation, Hunt tried to reach less informed members of the public. What’s wrong with that? More of that please. Paul, West Midlands

■ Hunt’s coffee video teasing isn’t fair. There are many who do not understand why things are getting so expensive. Explaining it in simple words helps. His heart is in the right place, that’s all that matters. harry reading

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