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.

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