LABOUR’S proposal of £10 per hour minimum wage for under 18s is hardly going to tackle poverty in a big way, considering we are talking about workers largely supported by parents.

In my mind, it is also an example of the policy lurches you can get under the First Past The Post (FPTP) Electoral System.

While it is always reasonable to ask the question if the minimum wage generally could be raised, it is also reasonable to ask employers (especially smaller businesses) how such changes will affect recruitment.

Young people not getting vital work experience is a worry, and for me it exposes the risk of a False Majority FPTP Labour Government.

An electoral system of Proportional Representation (PR) tames excessive socialism every bit as much as the interests of big business.

Under PR, Mr Corbyn could not make such an unequivocal pledge.

Instead there would be a need to build consensus with at least one other party.

First Past The Post has produced many lurches between left and right because there has been less need for consensus.

A future False Majority FPTP Conservative Government could use any policy failure as justification to abolish the minimum wage altogether, which I also don’t support.

We don’t need wild policy lurches.

What we do need is PR to deliver a new politics of consensus.

ANDY WATSON Bewsey