Now we have perennial mass unemployment

Permit me to reply to Justice of Ashington (News Post Leader, October 31).

First, Justice seems to know better than I do how much I pay for utilities.

Second, Justice praises an apprenticeship scheme which existed until the 1980s, and may do so with good reason. I compared Ed Miliband’s proposed apprenticeships with the Youth Training Scheme.

In the 1960s Britain had full employment. Nowadays we have perennial mass unemployment.

If they can explain why Ed’s apprenticeships should not be regarded as training people for jobs which don’t exist, then I am listening.

Justice is technically correct to point out that people elect an MP rather than a prime minister, but I never said otherwise. Most people who vote in general elections give very little regard to the personal merits of individual candidates.

Quentin Hawkins