PECS Mon 07-Jan-19 17:58:33. You and I have much in common on this subject but differ in some ways. I appreciate that you are polite about our differences and don't need to be unpleasant about them. Not everyone is as reasonable.
I firmly believe that young people today have a lot of advantages we didn't have and that we had advantages they don't have. I don't see a need to 'take sides' I think we can all point out different aspects. However I will not accept that young people don't have opportunities. We have the lowest unemployment figures for many years, councils do have a legal duty to house those made homeless through no fault of their own. I see lots of news items about those trying to help street sleepers. Yes, I know it doesn't always work but lots of people are trying. Today there is much more welfare than when I was young, companies pay people when they are ill, holiday entitlement is much greater and of course maternity benefits exist now. So it is not all bad. Oh and that old chestnut about the gig economy, well it just depends which bit you read, not just the headlines. I have no personal experience but I read that 75% of those in this type of work choose to do so because it suits their lifestyle, e.g. students. Of course there are some who don't like it but the assumption that they are all being taken advantage of is wrong. We need to look at all this in a balanced way.
I'm glad that young people don't have to live in a bedsit like mine these days. I'm glad that I was able to prepare my children for adult life in a way no one prepared me.
I glad we have human rights laws, employment protection, maternity pay, help with paying for nurseries.
I'm sad for those who are in financial difficulty
I'm sad for those who have no emotional support because I know what that was like.
I'm sad for the homeless and wish there was a solution despite so many trying to find one.
I'm sad for the alcoholics and drug users, I don't understand their lives because I have never been offered drugs and don't like the feeling I get if I drink too much. I have compassion for them but don't understand.