Brexit & war on young people

Unrelated thoughts that I want to ‘rant’ on.

I audibly gasped when my brother sent me a message, from the UK where he lives and works, that Brexit won. I know it’s reductionist, but I can’t thinking the xenophobic, immigration hating people.  And since it’s happened; I’ve seen other perspectives.  It may result in better trade for Australia with Britain with our cattle etc, as the EU has some strong agricultural limitations on trade.  Interesting ‘pro’ I’d not considered.  So far, though, the markets hate it.  And I think, like my workfroce undergoing restructure, people do NOT like uncertainty.  It could be 2-4 years until Britain fully disentangled from Europe.  The whole ‘Brexit’ camp have sold the idea that financially, they’ll be stronger – but no greater ‘how’ or plan…  So it shall be very interesting few years.

ABC, Australia’ public broadcasting network on radio and TV, ran a program called “War on Young People”.  I haven’t watched the TV program, but the preamble and the follow up on radio has got me very riled up.

First, young people, things don’t just come to you.  You have to work hard.  You both work hard at university, or not, but you also WORK HARD.  You will need to do work, hard work, to get ahead.  And… wanting something enough isn’t going to mean you “deserve” it.  I might actually ‘love’ to be an interior decorator.  But I work – I do something that is needed, that earns me money.  If I had chosen a different education path, I expect that it may not have had such profitable incomes, or as secure jobs with full time working weeks etc.  I don’t love my job, and not ‘work’ a day in my life.  I really enjoy my job BECAUSE I work hard, and that work brings rewards.  (to be clear, it also drives me bat shit insane at times too, but the majority of the time, it’s rewarding).

I don’t think Baby Boomers have ’caused’ the Gen Y to have less full time employment, a portfolio career. I think our economy and our race to reduce costs to increase profits, or the pursuit of growth, has resulted in a fractured workforce.  It has necessitated casual work, and non standard work hours.  It’s a slave to the ‘consumer’.  And in a tie back to topic one, I thought was unrelated, however, I do think the restrictions in the EU around Sunday trading, or round the clock big box stores, ARE for the better of the people, and perhaps, as has been the case in passing years, not for the economy.

I do think that property is expensive.  But I don’t think property should be something you can buy without ‘work’ – the work of savings.  I do think that owning a home, the cost to own a home should take a proportion of your salary.  I don’t think a mortgage + international holidays + all night booze ups + a new outfit every weekend and another hundred things aren’t anyone’s entitlements.  Buying a home was something I wanted to do, so I didn’t buy any clothes for a year.  And I’ve never had all night booze ups – and I’m happy to take the teasing – it’s resulted in me what I wanted (or one thing I wanted, which was to own property).  I do think negative gearing is a poor economic tool that’s being exploited by some.  I will also admit, the idea of negative gearing and capital gains tax is something I am and will likely benefit from.  So I have a bit of a tug of war on that Australian Federal election issue.

Overall, no, I don’t like that there is more casual work.  But I know why it exists.  And I do actually see the economic logic of not paying people for a holiday or a sick day.  I appreciate that I have these benefits, currently, in my full time job, but I remember moving from casual jobs to this one, and being aghast I could have no work, but I had to ‘act busy’ and I would still take home the same salary.  It just seemed disingenuous.  But I like that I can go to the grocery store at 9pm.  Or fill up on petrol after 5pm.  And casual work is part of how these unpalatable working conditions have been introduced.  What I find challenging is that staff, Gen Y, who have well paid, permanent full time jobs, who don’t work hard.  And then complain that they don’t have more overtime, or a pay increase.  That entitlement is galling.  Truth be told, of 45 staff, there’s probably as many Gen Y who are like this as other generations – I see it more as a personality trait, than a generational attribute!

I think I’ve run out of rant steam – but comment as you wish, and I might start back up!

PS I’ve partly had posting anxiety because I feel I must have graphic.  You all read novels. You can manage without pictures.  Sometimes.

10 Replies to “Brexit & war on young people”

  1. Yeah – me too on the graphics! I’m running out of storage space on WordPress so it’s no pics for me!

    I love a quality rant so this fits the bill 🙂 I don’t actually know anything about the Brexit issue so for once I can just read without mentally debating every sentence. I do know it played merry hell with our SMSF today but it’s been unstable for months, so no real shock there.

    I get really worried and upset for the so-called ‘Gen Y.’ I haven’t seen that show or the promos but I think today’s 20-somethings have it so much harder than we did, with so much more casual work, drastically higher property prices etc. Gen-Y cops such an unfair rap. If they are seen to be ‘consumers’ no doubt for some that’s an outlet when there’s little incentive to save long-term for totally unaffordable housing. I spend all of my days with teens and young people and most are genuinely socially responsible, well-informed and hard-working. I actually find it’s often people in my generation who can quite consciously ‘play the systems’ or alternatively whinge and complain about how hard things are. That gets me riled up!

    1. Glad to know I’m not alone in the photo/image pressure. Since I changed from a LG phone to an iPhone and lost the easy transfer to Google Drive (damn Apple and iCloud); I need a cable to transfer photos onto the desktop. Perhaps I should try the WordPress App?

      I appreciated your post on Brexit and your green chip shares. Nothing in my portfolio is down more than 5%. I only have about $15k in shares, so it’s a relatively small amount of my capital, and mainly so I’m ‘diversified’.

      I agree, I do think there are good GenY and good millennials out there for sure. I suppose a bit of me thinking ‘never, never, ever give up’. Helps I’ve been a demon saver all my life. I feel guilty about my spree today – 2 second hand tops, a lipstick, flowers, and two cheap jewelry items ($25; $15; $12; $13) As you can see, hardly breaking the bank… though naturally demonising myself a little for cheap tatt bling. And opting for the cheaper lipstick when there was a pricier ‘green’ one I could have chosen. Life!

  2. I have graphic anxiety too. Feel I must post a pic on each post. Let’s hold each other’s hand and get over that need!

    As to Brexit. I can see why the poor, the marginalised, the working class, and “the whites” voted the way they did. They have not benefited from economic progress. It is interesting times. I like the quote in the Gurardian about Boris. “If we have another victory like this, we’ll be ruined.”

    As to young people, I love them. Sure some are full of a sense of entitlement, and maybe it is a personality thing rather than a generational thing. But I look at my offspring. They are still so dependent on me but I wanted them to not struggle, to have a lovely life. Just as my mother wanted for me and she worked hard to do so. So many parents want to shelter their kids and give them stuff. Maybe that has caused problems regarding work ethic and a sense of entitlement? But maybe not having work till and rule ones life is a good thing too? But I see kindness and care and manners and joy and laughter and inclusiveness and anti-violence in so many of the young people I know.

    1. Us three read one another, let’s make a pact – post without a picture, the blogsphere will forgive you. Like true friends!

      It saddens me that economic doldrums result in man hating man. I wish it was man hating corporate greed, which sounds very lefty mumbo jumbo, but I truly think the govt is too heavily influenced by business wants, and to the detriment of the people.

      Maybe I’m a minority of the ‘young’ – I don’t feel I struggle, or have a bad life. Good luck, good fortune, or parental good breeding (though hardly high brow – teacher and bank teller when they met). I feel like I can have the good in life. I did live at home for 3 years as a full time employed adult to ‘get ahead’ for a deposit to buy. I paid board, but I wasn’t paying a market comparable rent, so… a little bit of sponging. When I ‘went back home’ oh Gosh did I have to eat my words!

  3. No worries, Sarah – posts without pictures don’t bother me. 🙂

    Now with a baby, I am so grateful I work a job with “typical” hours (Monday to Friday, 7am to 4pm) because it meshes well with childcare. Mr. G’s hours definitely don’t – and I feel sorry for all the people who work odd hours or on weekends because their childcare situation must be super complicated too. (And the last thing a working parent needs is stress over scheduling childcare.) Some jobs of course are more necessary than others at 3 am (hospital vs. the grocery store) but still, it must be rough!

    1. Yeah, I do wonder how much of the after normal hours ‘services’ we really truly need. how’d things happen in the ‘olden’ days – a greater sense of community – borrowing a cup of sugar, or if you were locked out, you might stay with a friend or family. The after hours items were un-negotiable emergencies, otherwise, you wouldn’t bother the local doctor.

      Great to hear from you – love to know how things are going with the baby if you get a chance!

      1. Baby L and I are doing well! Still adjusting to new lifestyle (less free time and more singing while changing diapers!) but loving it. It is amazing to watch her grow and feel my heart swell with pride when she does something new. I will try to write an update soon!

        1. I look forward to an update. Whilst I don’t have kids, I know that swell of pride as I watch staff grow into opportunities, and seriously turn themselves around!

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