Inculcating The Next (Dependency) Generation…

October 5, 2013 8 Comments
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Daisy Buchanan is hard at it:

…. people in their early 20s need to feel that they can be proud of their accomplishments if they’re ever going to lead their own lives.

Those ‘accomplishments’ being…?

Adult children do need support. And traditionally, that support came from the state.

‘The state’ doesn’t have its own money. So, traditionally, that support came from the pockets of taxpayers. Childless ones, too…

The problem of young people graduating amid a fog of debt and anxiety is a recent one. Parents who think their kids are in a state of arrested development would do well to remember that their studies were paid for, they received grants, not loans, and if they couldn’t immediately find a job and pay their rent, the state would support them – they would not be forced to return to their teenage bedrooms and wait for their lives to get going as they watched the dust gather on the Meccano sets sitting on the tops of their old wardrobes.

The money’s run out, Daisy. Ask the last Chancellor.

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8 Responses to Inculcating The Next (Dependency) Generation…

  1. Bunny
    October 5, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Right, adult children ok, now I don’t have a problem with someone coming out of the forces at 21 and needing a hand, because they have been trained to focus on a narrow spectrum. A bloody graduate, the allegedly elite of a generation! After I finished my HND in my early 20s I moved back to my parents and saved for a house, its normal, I didn’t get any benefits, I took a poorly paid job and worked my way up in the company.

    So her point is the State should look after people from the cradle to the grave, even if they have had a high level of education they are unable to look after themselves.

    In my father’s generation an eighteen year old was a man who could be involved in a vicious war, where the wounded were bayoneted and now we are asked to consider a 20 something a child. Can we find these cretins an island to live on and we can have the UK back?

    • ivan
      October 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Bunny, you have hit the nail on the head, we have lost, as a nation, self reliance.

      While there is nothing wrong wit having a degree, I have several, it is how the modern young person gets one and what the subject is that is the problem.

      When I got my first degree I worked the early, 5:30 start, shift in a hotel kitchen to earn enough to cover my way at university – something that doesn’t enter the heads of most students today.

      I have to ask why should I and all the other tax payers support these ‘children’ when they should be doing something about supporting themselves no matter what they thing their entitlement is. Unfortunately the present generation has lost its way, maybe the answer would be to bring back national service for a 4 year period – 17 to 21 year olds – it might just teach them self reliance.

      • October 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        Agree with you both on the importance of self-reliance. This was a main theme in America in the first half of the 19th century; every high school student through the 1970s had to read essays on it in English class. This was how ideas seeped through the spongy student brain.

        These days? Who knows? A parent who insists his child adopt self-reliance in the West is viewed as a nutter.

  2. October 5, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    “return to their teenage bedrooms and wait for their lives to get going”

    ??

    Life is what YOU make it. :evil:

  3. October 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    It’s all in the subconscious use of language isn’t it? What on earth are ‘adult children’? – Children need protection, that’s why they are children and why a child is primarily defined (OED) as below the age of puberty or majority. When they are adults they have grown up, and by definition should be able to adopt adult behaviour, they can’t legally be both!
    Yes, OK. I realise child can mean offspring, and he uses this sense of the word, but the fact he deliberately conflates children and adults in what is meant to be a serious discussion is a giveaway to his mindset.

  4. October 6, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    With my kids being in their fifties, my only hope now is for really generous pensions policies to bail them out.

  5. Furor Teutonicus
    October 7, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    XX nd if they couldn’t immediately find a job and pay their rent, the state would support them XX

    “WOULD??!!”

    So,there is no Bru any more then?

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