Cameron’s Home Truths
Basically if you are under 25, you can’t have one. (BBC News Website 24 June
This presents an interesting bind:
- Under 25 and without a job, but you can stay at home sharing a bedroom with your teenage siblings
- Move away for a job (“on yer bike”), but you have to live on the streets (unless you move to a cheap area – where there are no jobs)
So Posh-boy, what’s it to be:
- Condemn young benefits scroungers who should be denied support and stay at home in a state of “enforced idleness”
- Condemn the homeless who “pollute the streets” and should be swept away with water cannon?
Perhaps we need a “non-condemn” solution?
- Jobs (Oh I forgot that is a private sector responsibility, and the private sector is waiting for the banks, the banks are waiting for consumer confidence, consumers are waiting for jobs)
- Decent basic affordable available rental accommodation. (I remember living in a YMCA hostel after leaving school and working away from where I was dragged up). I suspect, however, that funding for such schemes is being cut.
I don’t think Posh-boy understands that not all young people are feckless benefit scroungers. A few are (inevitably – a few Tory donors are rogues – inevitably), but he should not tar the majority with the same toff-pleasing brush.
He also needs to remember that the “great unwashed” will not inherit wealth or property, but will have to save for a mortgage deposit if they are ever to own property. And in our “property-owning democracy”, owning property has been one of the best ways to ensure your financial future. For true social mobility (a concept that I suspect fills posh-boys with a sense of horror), you have to be able to access means of becoming wealthy and self-supporting.
Alternatively, he and Gideon may want to think how they can disassemble (very carefully) our reliance on a single commodity (housing) for investment. That would be radical.