Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009

Governemt urges parents to show "tough love" to motivate children to find a job and leave home

BBC News: 'Tough love' advice for parents of university graduates

With graduate unemployment the highest for a decade the government advises parents to show some "tough love" by not doing their washing and ironing.

Posted by enuii @ 05:22 PM (1769 views)
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1. general congreve said...

Yep, that'll help create jobs.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 06:00PM Report Comment

2. waitingtobuy said...

99% of youngsters cant wait to leave home,(and the parents cant for them to go) but with no jobs and accomodation so expensive,the poor little darlings are stuck,this is why the bank of m&d is so willing to lend the deposit(bang goes their retirment funds)--sad world isnt it?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 06:17PM Report Comment

3. paul said...

Incredibly facetious advice from the government. Let's just trace back the cause and effect route of the current crisis.

Young people can't find jobs because of the recession.
Recession created by financial collapse.
Financial collapse created by lax financial regulation.
Lax regulation created by government.

Government tells young people to "take responsibility" ... ? On top of the government's response to the crisis of printing money, ignoring inflation and removing any incentive for young people to save all just to protect their precious homeowning voters, the government refuses to even acknowledge its own role in creating the current situtation for young people.

Wow. Just wow. I can only hope the young people show this government where to get off at the next election.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 07:01PM Report Comment

4. cat and canary said...

...meanwhile, the British public are lining up to show the Labour party some tough love in the coming election.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 07:11PM Report Comment

5. enuii said...

Prior to 1980 4% of 18-30 year olds started a university course the figure now is around 42.8%.

Anyone remember a certain Mr Blair banging on about the government having a target of 50% of 18year olds going on to university by 2010!

Thats a hell of a lot of people being educated (removed from unemployment statistics) at their own (or their parents) expense with the expectation of a decent job at the end of it. This was more or less a dead cert when <10% of the population went to 'uni' but I suspect that there will be an ever increasing amount of disappointed and disgruntled graduates for politicians to worry about as a result of this policy when they realise that their degrees do not lead to decent and rewarding employment.

Are we heading for a 1976-77 moment?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 07:29PM Report Comment

6. tenyearstogetmymoneyback said...

enuii said "Prior to 1980 4% of 18-30 year olds started a university course"

What that figure doesn't show is the number of 18 year olds doing an apprenticeship back in the 1970s
Rather than getting into debt, after a year doing an electronics apprenticeship (started in 1978) I had earned
enough to buy a new motorbike (which I needed ready for the 7:30 start when I did a stint in the production
department. With sensible house prices I was actually able to buy one in 1986.


p.s. I still remember a Landlord trying to sell a friend the house he was renting (in Stapleton Road, Bristol)
for £15000 back in 1983, the same year that I finsished my apprenticeship and started on a formal salary
of £6880 PA

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 08:08PM Report Comment

7. enuii said...

tenyears, snap started my apprenticeship in 1983 after getting miserable A-level results at probably the one of worst comprehensive schools in Lancashire. This was probably the best thing I ever did, with my first weeks pay I bought a Sharp PC1246 pocket PC from Dixons and with my first monthly payslip after finishing said apprenticeship used it to buy a semi-detached house in a decent area when I was 23 for less than 3x my salary!

Makes you realise how shafted todays youngsters are and how structurally damaged the UK is.

As for the early start it has stuck because as apprentices we were expected to be in and working by 8:15 (no excuses), I still start the working day at 7:30 without fail and wouldn't like it any other way!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 08:55PM Report Comment

8. Blissex said...

«my first monthly payslip after finishing said apprenticeship used it to buy a semi-detached house in a decent area when I was 23 for less than 3x my salary!
Makes you realise how shafted todays youngsters are and how structurally damaged the UK is.

Conversely the UK middle aged middle classes are absolutely delighted that in the past 15-25 years they have received enormous tax-free capital gains on their houses, as prices have doubled or tripled in real terms; also they are delighted that while they mostly continue to have safe jobs with good defined benefit pensions, the wages and benefits of those who serve them have been pushed down by anti-union and pro-immigration policies.

People with a safe job in the 50s and 60s can only celebrate the lower wages and job opportunities for younger people and the enormous increase in first home prices, as both will contribute to their comfortable retirement.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 10:00PM Report Comment

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