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Has Britain Robbed Its Children?

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http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2013/11/essay-competition-winner-has-britain-robbed-its-children

In September, the New Statesman and the Intergenerational Foundation teamed up to run an essay competition for A level students. The topic was "has Britian robbed its children?" and the winning entry, by Conor Hamilton, is below....

Britain has robbed its children. It has stopped them from buying a house and failed to support them in the scramble for education and jobs in a globalised world, while saddling them with private debt. Today’s twenty-something, who should be enjoying the best years of their lives, are trapped in uncertainty. If they manage to break out of this uncertainly, they find themselves citizens of a nation riddled with debt that will take until at least 2046 to pay off.

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Who is Britain and why does it own children?

I agree that the British state regularly steals stuff from people living on this island though.

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It strikes me that if the cost of housing was removed - i.e. houses were given to the young for a reasonable cost - they would be fairly OK. They would still have to save £30k for an education, £20k to get married and £10k to run a car. Perhaps more, perhaps less, but on current salaries this is do-able. It is housing that is the burden, and really, when it comes down to it, the cost placed upon land. The cost of bungs the council want to say a person can build on a plot of land. So in the respect of land (and in reality none of us really own any land, we only rent our time on this rock before becoming a smidgen of soil ourselves anyway) we are being raped by our forebears for no good reason. The only reason that makes sense is that they envy the youth their good looks. :P

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Although the words globalised/globalisation were used a couple of times in the article (seemingly mainly just to indicate that globalisation exists) there wasn't any mention of it's effect on the whole of the Uk and the way it's helped to change the UK economy especially since around year 2000. There's little or no mention of the effects of the eu and not much about out of control credit.

Another topic for a writing competition might be "Has Globalisation Robbed Britain's Children" because the problem really isn't as insular and ring fenced as just being Britain and the economic relationship between Britain's young and old.

Something different from earlier times has happened to exaggerate the usual inter generational problems and that's accelerated since about year 2000.

The last sentence seems relevant

Those now in control of Britain have not only robbed their children, but potentially stolen from themselves as well.

Is he really suggesting it's the pensioners :lol:

Edited by billybong

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Although the words globalised/globalisation were used a couple of times in the article (seemingly mainly just to indicate that globalisation exists) there wasn't any mention of it's effect on the whole of the Uk and the way it's helped to change the UK economy especially since around year 2000. There's little or no mention of the effects of the eu and not much about out of control credit.

Another topic for a writing competition might be "Has Globalisation Robbed Britain's Children" because the problem really isn't as insular and ring fenced as just being Britain and the economic relationship between Britain's young and old.

Something different from earlier times has happened to exaggerate the usual inter generational problems and that's accelerated since about year 2000.

The last sentence seems relevant

Is he really suggesting it's the pensioners :lol:

I think it's the "Bullington Bullies" that are robbing, not yer mate's gran! :huh:

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