- First published in PoliticsHome 17th August 2023 -
That was a game. In the face of a determined Australia, the Lionesses came out on top and in this summer that never was, a World Cup decider against Spain is exactly what we need.
But no matter what happens on Sunday, let’s enjoy this victory because off the pitch our record against Australia is less impressive. In the ongoing contest of attracting and retaining the next generation of young workers, it looks like we’re in the middle of a 3-0 drubbing.
This morning, teenagers across the country received their A-level results marking the beginning of what should be a liberating and experiential stage of their lives. But what’s in store for this crop of school leavers?
For university hopefuls, eye-watering tuition fees for degrees less likely to secure employment. For those entering the job market, rising unemployment paradoxical to continued labour shortages, suggesting fewer high-skill, high-wage jobs that we were promised. And for those undertaking the great British gap-year, travel in Europe now comes with a 90-day limit, visa fees, no right to work and roaming charges! Almost all will struggle disproportionately with the spike in supermarket prices and rental costs.
'This is their inheritance from Conservative government they never voted for, who can secure 100 per cent of the power with around 40 per cent of the vote'
They will join the titanic cohort of perennially shafted young people who are only being offered stress and decline. This is their inheritance from Conservative government they never voted for, who can secure 100 per cent of the power with around 40 per cent of the vote courtesy of our broken electoral system.