The Boomerang Generation? How Insulting.

It appears that Lord Mandelson feels it necessary to provide advice to parents on how to rid their homes of their graduate offspring that have moved back into the family home – namely the ‘boomerang generation’.

The Times reported that in this guide for parents, Mandy states that ‘if you are making life too comfortable at home, why would they get a job?’ Ah well that’s it then! That’s why 100,000 university leavers are unemployed – because they’re too comfortable!  That’s why graduate unemployment is at an all time high  –  because they just like being at home! 

How very insulting. The only way Lord Mandelson’s ‘guide’ could be of any use to graduates and our parents is if we ground them all up into a pulp and created building material out of them, from which to build ourselves a house of our own. In fact, we could go one step further and grind him up along with them, then employ many graduates to take his place and write a new guide about how to allieviate the effects of the economic downturn. 

As David Willetts, the Shadow Skills Secretary, put it: ‘Young people are driven back home after university out of financial necessity. They are finding it hard to get jobs in this recession. Peter Mandelson would be much better [off] focusing on improving the performance of the economy than setting himself up as the nation’s agony aunt.’ Couldn’t have put it better myself!

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