Radio 1 and the general election
The range and depth of the BBC's election coverage is impressive. It's something we BBC journalists are naturally proud of - but for some of our viewers, listeners and readers this is a clear case of overkill.
Apathy among young voters is nothing new to us - but the reasons have changed from five years ago. He continues "...politicians are only interested in lining their own pockets...I can't see the point in electing self-serving, lying, cheats".
Apathy turning to Anger. Still a month to go. Blimey.
We're doing our bit to engage audiences who want something less intense than rolling minute-by-minute coverage of press conferences and appearances, live TV debates and deep analysis.
Our research shows many of our young listeners are intimidated by some of the basics - how to register to vote? What to do when confronted with a ballot paper and booth - a black box and a pencil.
Luckily, first time voter and glamour model 23 year old Peta Todd, helped us out: Jamelia, Tinchy Stryder and Ricky Whittle have been telling us what they'd do if they were PM - and we've been checking the low visual recognition of Britain's top politicians with young people courtesy of Radio 1 DJ Greg James.
It is possible to have a sense of humour at election time. It's also right to be serious.
Our panel of first-time voters are ready to ask party leaders tough questions and keep our journalism relevant to their needs.
Our mission at Radio 1 is to engage those who want to debate the issues but wouldn't normally have the means, access or know-how to be able to do so.
One of our challenges during the coming weeks will be to balance election news with very many other interesting and important but not election-related stories.
And that's one cause of annoyance with audiences. "Too much on the election - we're bored already!"
Looking through our social networking friends comments, Steve's theme is developed and repeated. "Money grabbing... lies... you can't trust a politician" - words and phrases that come up again and again.
Of course, citizens' cynicism for politicians is nothing new. There was plenty around in Gladstone and Disraeli's day and it stretches further back to Walpole and beyond but some might argue that cynicism increases with age and political disillusionment.
A selection of young voters beaming hopefully out of the page of one of the broadsheets this morning is a stark contrast to our own experience.
Andy "Woody" Woods Facebooked us:
"Why does it matter who you vote for, it just seems like they go back on their word and lie anyway, in the long run all parties attempt to solve all issues only in a different order and different ways."
With first-time voter turnout at the last election at 37% and maybe more than half of "virgin voters" not registered this time round, we could well see a drop in that figure.
We'll soon have the results of our latest First Time voters poll which will give us some fresh insights into the changing - and still disconnected - world of many young Britons. I'll blog again when we've seen the results.