Heard Tell Episode: Mandatory Area Yutes

Debating Mandatory National Service, Politics of Old v Young, UK Politics & more w/ Alex Petropolous

Andrew Donaldson
2 min readJun 7, 2024

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Your Heard Tell Show is turning down the noise of the news cycle and getting to the information we need to discern our times by debating the merits of the latest calls for mandatory service with Alex Petropolous, who has been doing media appearances on the subject including a SkyNews segment that received attention. Alex joins us from Brussels, Belgium, as he and host Andrew talk mandatory service vs incentives service, how this plays into the very old game of selling “politics of what’s wrong with the youth” to get the votes of the older generation, and how it is indicative of the generation gaps forming as the Baby Boom generation starts to give way to midlife Gen X, Millennials in their 30s/40, and rising generations coming behind them. Plus, Alex gives his thoughts on UK politics, the coming general election, Rishi Sunak, Keir Starmer, and what to watch for between now and when the UK goes to the polls in July.

All that and more on this episode of Heard Tell.

The SkyNews interview with Alex referenced can be viewed here:

Originally published at https://heardtell.substack.com.



Andrew Donaldson

Writer. Mountaineer diaspora. Veteran. Managing Editor @ordinarytimemag on culture & politics, food writing @yonderandhome, Host @heardtellshow & other media