Just because my generation grew up with the student riots of ’67; Vietnam; The Oil Crisis, the Cod War, Red Robbo, Enoch’s vision of the Tiber overflowing with blood, Provisional IRA active service units bombing us, Clay Cross, Ted Heath and the Tories mortgaging our grandchildren to join the common market, Saltley Gate, strikes, the Three Day Week, more strikes, Tory Local Government gerrymandering (failed – they undid it a decade later), more strikes, power strikes, the Winter of Discontent, The Great Debate in Education, Thatcherism… etc… etc… doesn’t mean following generations need to follow suit.
Well, actually, I think it does. Each generation solves the intractable problems their parents gave up on. We in turn screw up and bequeath the toxic shite to our children, who in turn fix it and fuck up something else.
This is how humanity progresses. This is why those who complain about us leaving debts to future generations are talking rubbish. It is what we do.
The UK government has forecast that the policy of ‘Austerity’ will last until 2018. Children born at the crash of Lehman Brothers, signalling the Financial Crisis in 2008, will spend the first decade of their lives in Austerity Britain. Today we look at the real cost of this decade on our young people.
Trouble at Home
When we talk about the impact of benefit cuts, we often look at things from the adult’s point of view. But forget that children live in the households suffering the cuts to social security made by UK and European governments, and they will feel the pain too. There are currently 3.6m children living in poverty in the UK, and a lot more are about to join them.
In the Autumn Statement last year, the government took a step to deliberately make the poorest poorer. Jobseekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance and Income…
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