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The question Election issues

This week pundits are predicting that June's general election will have the lowest turn-out ever. What election issues would get you into the polling booths?

Were I in the UK and not out here in 'Dubya's' backyard in west Texas building windfarms, I would be certain to vote if there were real proposals to change the energy balance in the UK. There need to be government moves to force more use of renewables, and export transfer of such technology to other countries.

Luc Koefman, 30, windfarm engineer, Texas

1. Scrapping first past the post and replacing it with proportional representation to create more local interest.

2. Wean the public off their tax cutting obsession and invest properly in public services.

3. Ban all the Tory press and subsidise the Guardian to allow the above to happen.

4. Get back to responsible direct taxation by PAYE.

Ethically and morally, the richest should pay most.

Jim Towers, 50, transportation engineer, Stirling

I actually look forward to the General Election and will stay up to watch the events unfold, however predictable. I still recall the events of four years ago which was the first time in my life as a voter that there was a change of government.

I would be interested to see the parties talk about foreign policy - especially with George W's current antipathy to the rest of the world; poverty both in the UK and worldwide; Third World debt; and the need to devolve more power away from London. Plus living in a rural county I would have to add a commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Mark Stephenson, 39, chief engineer (information services), Cornwall

The issue of Europe is fundamental. This is not just related to the single currency.

The independence of the country is rapidly being eroded by European legislation which the UK government seems determined to implement while other countries appear to be (illegally) somewhat selective in their implementation to suit their own particular circumstances.

Air transport also requires urgent political action. The construction of new runway capacity is always going to be a thorny issue but with long lead times from concept to construction, it is a problem which must be addressed now.

Simon Lawrence, 27, highways engineer, Cardiff

As I am about to become a father for the first time, my main interests relate to education, the NHS and support for the family. At the last budget a lot was promised, but it seems all of it will be phased in over the next few years. Looking good for the second baby.

Andy Eggleston, Milton Keynes, traffic engineer

At every election, it is always the same - the Conservatives and Labour arguing like school children. Perhaps if the parties concentrated on explaining in simple terms exactly what they would do for us (and actually stuck to their pledges) more people might take the time and trouble to cast their vote.

There is much debate about improving the status of civil engineers in society, but surely we can be happy that our status is above that of an MP!

Nicholas Luker, 27, field engineer, Kent

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