The Monday Question: Should Prime Minister Gordon Brown Call an Early General Election?

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LABOUR is currently riding high in the opinion polls and Gordon Brown is said to be considering calling an early election while he is likely to win it.

And despite early popularity, national support for Conservative leader David Cameron is waning fast. So should we expect an election this autumn? Many people in Newcastle seem to think so.

Although only visiting the UK from his native Norway, journalist Atle Andersson, 45, said: "It seems like it must be sensible to call an election now while the opinion polls are looking so good for Labour. I think Gordon Brown would be foolish to wait."

And David Allen, 52, a retired civil servant, of Kingsway, South Shields, South Tyneside, said although he was no fan of Labour, he thought Gordon Brown would win an election held in the not too distant future.

He said: "As far as I'm concerned he can hold an election when he likes ... they would probably win again if Gordon Brown did hold one now."

However, members of the younger generation said that they had become so fed up by politicians that they wouldn't vote regardless of when an election was called.

Andy Kearsey, 24, a PhD student at Newcastle University, of Gainsborough Grove, Fenham, Newcastle, said: "I probably wouldn't vote anyway because I've just become so disillusioned with the whole system that I don't think voting is worthwhile anymore."

His friend Edward Davies, 23, an archaeologist of Ancrum Street, Spital Tongues, Newcastle agreed: "I'm not really bothered. …