By Anthony Sheridan
Lorraine Courtney is not happy about how the State treats young people.
We are owed a place in society, a voice in politics and the media; jobs created for us; houses built for us and wages that we can live on.
Young people are not apathetic, but we are disaffected. Everyone I talk to has a thousand opinions on the political and economic situation. That’s not apathy. But changing things at a top level seems so unrealistic that we go back to the ground, and it’s impossible to try to change things from there.
So, she lists her entitlements and then states that, really, there’s not much we (young people) can do about the situation.
It’s impossible to try to change things.
Here’s a mad idea.
Do what students/young people have been doing for decades in practically every other Western country when they come up against rotten/corrupt administrations.
Get off your butt. Demand that student unions give up engaging in polite protests against fee hikes and unites to form a radical movement to lead the youth (or even the nation) in a campaign against political corruption.
Come out from your colleges and your parent’s comfortable homes and join the water protesters (made up mostly of children, middle aged and elderly citizens) who have already set the revolution ball rolling.
Then, and only then, will the young and every other citizen get real democracy, accountability and a decent society.