We need to talk about the kids

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DISTRICT LINE — There seems only to be bad news for kids these days. They are far more likely to get H1N1 flu. They have unemployment numbers that haven’t been seen in 15 years.

And what do they see us doing about it?

Not much.

“Some of the jam we thought was for tomorrow, we have already eaten.”

Tony Benn, 1969

I keep hearing stories about 18-25s who are leaving hard working jobs to go and make less, but do more in the third sector or in foreign climes. And I admire them greatly. Their bosses on the other hand — desperately fearful themselves that they’ll lose their livelihood — are left scratching their heads.

Even pub and shop jobs are available in London at the moment. Educated young people are not bothering.

And what can we say we have done for them in this eminently depressing time? As we secure our own seats on the life boats?

There are no grand schemes (com’on Old Labour!) to put young people into state work projects or help them build the experience for the careers that we know they’ll need to have in the future. We’re just looking through them.

All I am saying is that if you’re expecting someone to want to buy you a pint in 2025… Don’t count on it.

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