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MetroTalk Monday 6/6/2023

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Readers debate the Universal Basic Income Trial Model, which aims to support 30 people unconditionally with £1,600 a month for two years.

There are concerns about fairness, with some arguing that it yields more income than a 40-hour week.

The debate surrounding Phillip Schofield’s affair continues as readers debate his longtime friendship with former co-star Holly Willoughby. Does it make sense that you have to tell your friends, employers or colleagues about your personal affairs?

Other topics include a balanced diet, the challenges of digitization, the disadvantages of borrowing and the involuntary alienation of grandparents.

What do you think?

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Readers say they make less than £1,600 a month while at work

Collectoin of Bank of England banknotes in a row

Universal Basic Income advocates say it can simplify welfare systems and fight poverty (Source: Getty/iStockphoto)

■ Just read about the Universal Basic Income scheme that will give 30 people £1,600 a month for two years with no strings attached to see if its proponents are right when they say it will alleviate poverty (Metro, Tue ).

I would like to be among the chosen ones. That’s more than my wages!
NHS staff, Jarrow

■ ‘Money for nothing!’ ‘Basic income trial launched from £1,600 a month’ shocked me. No wonder no one wants to work in this country. I have a 40 hour job Monday through Friday and my net pay for my troubles is less. Can this country sink any lower?
Graham, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Readers comment on Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby

■ I can’t believe people are still defending Phillip Schofield for his secret affair with a younger male colleague.

For most of his life, if not his entire life, he had kept his true sexuality a secret and lied to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Now that this affair is coming to light, more lies and deceit will be brought to light!

■ If Schofield’s former This Morning co-host Holly Willoughby is a friend of his, what must she be like as an enemy? It’s completely obvious that she’s just worried about distancing herself to make sure she doesn’t get bogged down by associations. I’m not a Phillip Schofield fan, but is he a criminal? It doesn’t seem so.

She hints that his alleged lie was the ultimate disappointment, but why would he give anyone private, personal information if they don’t want to?

Did she tell him all about historical connections she might have had?

She’s shown to be the worst kind of fair-weather girlfriend and a very different character from the “golden girl” image she cultivates on TV. Self-serving Willoughby’s crown has slipped — as has Schofield’s — and so should it.
Bettina, Yorkshire

■ It’s a shame what’s happening to Phillip Schofield. Homophobia at its worst. Who batted an eyelid when Cheryl Cole announced she was expecting Liam Payne – a 14-year-old boy – when they met. Shame on you, Holly Willoughby – you’ve proven yourself a friend!
Ralph Williams, Essex

■ To be honest, this whole Phillip Schofield saga was like one big soap opera. Without the glamour. I half expected Joan Collins to walk onto the set the other day. Or maybe Patrick Duffy. Fresh from the shower. I told us all that it was actually just a big, bad dream.
December, Essex

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Holly Willoughby makes a statement regarding Phillip Schofield this morning, 6/5/2023

Was Holly’s statement about Phillip Schofield’s affair and departure disingenuous? (Image: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

■ According to Adrian Appley (MetroTalk, May 30), “our health would improve significantly if everyone became vegan.”

I know several people who are vegan and each of them has serious health issues! I grow my own fruit and veg on an allotment, but still include some meat and dairy in my diet. It’s all about a balanced diet.
Martin J Phillips, Leeds

■ The incessant push towards a digital society is deeply worrying on many levels and is leading to a new form of discrimination.

Functioning becomes increasingly difficult for those who choose (for whatever reason) to limit their engagement with technology.

Any other group that chooses to live their life a certain way would be accorded the respect and protection that other anti-discrimination laws provide.

Many people are unhappy with the situation and the loss of many over-the-counter services.

They feel they have no opportunity to express their views, or worse, they do, and are belittled for being ‘old fashioned’ and ‘showing their age’.

Technology has its place, but it has reached a point where it excludes a significant portion of the population.

Please let the offline world continue. Cyber ​​attacks are not fiction.
Mel, Tyne and Wear

A cyber hacker hacks

Are you afraid of cyber attacks? (Image: Getty)

Could the Russian invasion of Ukraine escalate into a nuclear war?

■ Ed from London claims (MetroTalk, Mo) that “if NATO had backed Ukraine right at the start of the Russian invasion,” the war would probably be over by now.

But the reality is probably the opposite and this country would in all likelihood be a nuclear wasteland.

Peace talks between Kiev and Moscow are now an urgent priority for Britain before the conflict escalates into a possible third world war and nuclear war.
Phil Brand, London

Missile system on the background of the sunset sky

Should Britain push for peace talks between Russia and Ukraine? (Image: Getty)

Borrowing money has always had its pitfalls…

■ While I sympathize with the people whose mortgage payments have risen as a result of the Bank of England’s repeated rate hikes, it’s certainly common sense to recognize that borrowing has always had its pitfalls.

Lenders have a role to play because, in recent years, they’ve borrowed — virtually indiscriminately and with very few checks — money that many would find difficult to repay when the inevitable hits and interest rates rise.

Are we in for another round of homeowners with negative equity on their properties?
Nick Smith, London

Depriving children of their grandparents is selfish

■ Sandy Grayson (MetroTalk, Wed) discusses how children can’t see their grandparents when their parents are estranged.

I met my maternal grandmother by accident on a school trip when I was 12 (I looked a lot like my father) and I wasn’t allowed to see my paternal grandmother for years.

An elderly woman holds a child by the hand.

Is it selfish not to allow your children to see their grandparents? (Image: Getty)

I remember feeling confused, sad, and angry as a child, and those feelings stayed with me well into my adult life. As long as the child is safe from physical and emotional abuse, parents are selfish in denying them the opportunity to have more people who love their children—the best for your child should always come first.

All grandparents who want to participate in the lives of their grandchildren should have rights.
Melanie Le Roux, hopeful grandparents, via email

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