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The pleasures of youth!

January 4, 2021 10:28 AM

2mma (Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash)The latest round of chaos and uncertainty about return to school after Christmas as the hapless Education Secretary Gavin Williamson ignores scientific advice that the kids are more impacted by the new covid strain it got us thinking its no fun being a teenager currently. Government policy seems to be focussed on making their lives much harder. Just look back over the past 12 months

And only yesterday it was announced the government had fallen far short of a promise to recruit 30,000 new apprentices into the civil service with only 16,155 apprentices having been recruited by the time of the lockdown in March since the target was set in 2015. It prompted Robert Halfon, the Tory chair of the Commons Education Committee to comment "There is no excuse for this. It's got to change."

And to cap it all we risk leaving this generation the legacy of the need to repay debts incurred fighting the pandemic which are bigger than anytime since the 1950s when we had the WW2 debt mountain.

Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. The challenge we have is to ensure our policies tackle this inter-generational unfairness. Its not just about fairness, it is about securing our countries future through are youth.

And dont forget this is the generation who will inherit the job of paying pack the massive growth in debt!