DESPITE the fashionable degree at university, (now in the balance for some), the younger generation needs at least some small dalliance with politics at school, as it seems they are ignorant of the who, the what, and the why of casting their vote.

They, apparently, do not bother, or if they do, like an early-20s young lady I spoke to recently, use the most odd reasoning. ‘I haven’t a clue,’ she admitted, ‘so I voted Conservative as I liked the name.’ She giggled: “My friend voted for David Cameron because she fancies him.”

Unable to remember any lessons about politics in my day, it seems the school curriculum leaves it, like sex education, for parents to teach their children ‘the birds and the bees’ of whom they should and should not decide to vote for.

And most parents, much like sex education, think the kids are taught politics at school. So there’s a stalemate of ignorance as a result.

Never mind the gymslip mums, look at the state we are in due to teenage apathy and boredom towards politics. I tremble to think what our world will be like in 30 years’ time, but feel sure our current situation will wake the younger generations up to use their vote wisely in future.

ALAN BURRIDGE, Blandford Road, Upton