As some of you may be or may not be aware, the UK government is currently planning to treble student tuition fees, from £3000 to £9000 by 2012:
Lib Dems should vote for tuition fees package, says senior party figure | Education | guardian.co.uk
Whilst this in itself is pretty upsetting to those of us at the age of either, preparing for University, at University, or considering going back to University; I believe this is a symptom of something much more worrying. This is just a theory, but I think predicting the future become quite obvious if you look at the facts.
The baby boomers of the 1950s to 1970s are all hurtling towards retirement age. It is this generation that is in power in the UK at the moment, and will most likely continue to be for at least the next 10 years, if not longer.
It is rather worrying to think that my generation, those of us born in the 80's onwards, will be paying for the baby-boomers retirement (through state pensions, which I reckon will rise substantially over the next 10 years while they're in power), and not only that but their health-care as well. This is the reason why the NHS is barely being touched at all in the UK's budget cuts. As people get older, their health becomes more and more of a priority. Instead of cutting the NHS and Education equally over the coming years, Education will be cut to shreds.
The strain I can see this having, on our comparatively smaller young population, will make much of our lives a real struggle. Not only will we be paying for the retirement and health-care of a very large demographic of people, but their average living age is likely to increase, due to the money that will be ploughed in to the national health service, so we'll be doing it for longer! Our cost of living will go up, our children won't have the same high quality education that we had, and even less access to higher education, the retirement age will increase, important powerful jobs will be hung onto by older persons for much longer. The list goes on and on. Our generation's honeymoon period is drawing to a close. A rift will soon form between young and old.
I really don't think the next couple of decades in the UK will be pretty.
I know I've summarised this somewhat. I could have written a 2000 word essay on what's running through my head right now, am just lazy I guess :P. What do you guys think about it? Has it crossed any of your minds that this might be imminent?
PS: Sorry for the depressing post, has been on my mind this morning and wanted to share :X.