i cant grasp the idea that how is electrostatic induction possible in a conductor. for example, if a negatively charged strip is brought near a metal conductor, the electrons will be repelled to the further end of the conductor thus making the end near the charged rod positively charged, wouldn't this mean that the flow of electrons would be restricted in the metal rod as most of them will remain at the further end of the conductor... and the delocalized electrons would no longer be free to move throughout the metallic lattice thus they would not be holding the metallic positive ions together. As a result, i propose that the metallic conductor would collapse or atleast it melting point would decrease due to the restricted movement of delocalized electrons. note that throughout this test, a negatively charged rod would remain near one particular end of the metal conductor. Any help is welcome.