Colum Kenny: Youth not to blame for our failures
From preschooling to university, there has been a policy of make-do and get-by, writes Colum Kenny
The sins of the parents are being visited on our young people. It was not their negligence and greed that caused the crisis in the Irish economy. They should not be its scapegoats.
Already many are burdened with bad or heavy debts. They were enticed into liabilities by sharp commercial practice, and left unprotected by government disrespect for effective financial and social regulation.
They are losing -- or cannot find -- jobs. When they do get a job, they face insecurity, levels of taxation and new pension burdens that are what they are because of an older generation's recklessness. Meanwhile, wage levels are being driven down.