OPINION: Broadcaster Steve Allen looks at the issues of today

PUBLISHED: 10:38 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:38 24 April 2017


Not another vote, we have BGT final soon

I like to think that radio can make the day better but this week I may have made things worse.

I have been covering the breakfast show on the week that Theresa May called for another election. Most callers had the same response, “Oh not another one,” or “Not this again.” One of my favourites was, “Haven’t we just had one of these last year?”

I don’t think that person will bother with the voting part of it, so I’m not sure why they are upset.

One caller said, “I’m sick of all this politics, I don’t want another election because our so-called leaders aren’t like us normal people”.

If only there was a way for normal people to have a say in who gets to be our so-called leaders. But now is not the time to think about that, we have a general election to get on with.

It’s easy to feel annoyed that some people won’t vote because they can’t be bothered. The right to do such a thing has cost people their lives in the past. But I understand the voting fatigue.

We have made our way through a Scottish independence referendum, a general election, an EU referendum and we have a pretty big Britain’s Got Talent final coming soon.

There’s also the Eurovision Song Contest in May but after we nearly declared war on Spain over Gibraltar I don’t think we stand a chance.

After a news story said the left was the best side of the bed to get out of, on a breakfast show we asked people to vote on it. Another vote when people were already sick of the general election. I’m sorry.

It was a landslide for the right, by the way. So read into that what you will.

•Tune into Steve’s Friday show on Time 107.5 FM at 2.15pm for the weekly East London News Review with the Recorder. You can now download the podcast.

Latest Romford Stories

20 minutes ago

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man was left critically injured following an altercation at a Hornchurch bar.


Steve Smith and Mitch Marsh’s triple-century stand piled on the Perth misery to leave England on the brink of losing the Ashes.

If you’re planning to visit loved ones over the Christmas period, you might want to think twice about using public transport.


Romford-based Judd Trump believes Stephen Maguire lost his head during their quarter-final match at the Dafabet Scottish Open on Friday night.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.


Gunners legend Bob Wilson has hailed the work of The Arsenal Foundation in an interview with the Islington Gazette ahead of the annual tradition where players and staff – including boss Arsene Wenger – contribute a day’s wages to the cause.

Trump will soon turn us into the Jetsons

Yesterday, 20:00

With England cricketers Down Under for the Ashes, Prof Ged Martin looks at Havering’s historic links with Australia

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

News from your area


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now