26 DECEMBER 1941, Page 12

YOUTH AND THE FUTURE SIR, —No subject is being more discussed

today than he future of Britain when this war has been won. In all these discussions it is generally agreed that no section of the community will have a greater responsibility in the construction of this future than the youth of today. Therefore surely it is but fair to give youth a hearing now, even if its remarks do sound crude and unpolished to the learned ear.

The youth of this country, in common with the majority of older people, wish to see, above all, a greater degree of social justice brought to this country. We youths feel that the general wage standard of the working man calls for a substantial increase, which must not be accom- panied by a jump in the price of essential commodities, as seems to have been the case with the Increases recently given to our agricultural workers. We also feel that the lutput of our great industries could be, to some extent, controlled by the Government. II this is necessary to get an efficient economy in the war against Hitler, it should be used in the next war against poverty and hardship. Also some of the darker sides of competitive trading should be dealt with. An example is the ruthless advertising methods used before the war, when the potential consumer was well nigh terrorised into buying certain products. In the patent-medicine trade, the Government stepped in to good advantage. It might extend such reforms to other parts of the industries of Britain. About no other subject does youth feel so intently as education. Fresh from school it is not difficult for many of us to notice certain deficiencies in the country's education scheme. Above all we feel that far more attention is given to stuffing the pupil with facts, than in developing his own talents that they may benefit the country when he has left school.—Yours, &c. J. C. ELLIS.

Bramshill Park, Eversley, near Basingstoke, Hants.