On ‘How many millennials does it take to change a lightbulb?’

Earlier today, I went onto the BBC Radio 4 page to see if there would be any clips useful to me as an BA English Literature student. However, what I found instead was a clip labelled ‘How many millennials does it take to change a lightbulb? Many.’ As it was only almost 4 minutes long, I thought I would give it a listen.

Between Shari Vahl and ‘DIY expert’ Jo Behari, they decide all the various things that those dastardly millenials just cannot do; wire a plug, how to the washing, how to boil an egg, how to cook a simple meal, how to turn your mains water off and how to drill. Due to the exhausted list of things these 18 to 24 year olds cannot do, its surprising they’re not wasting away somewhere!! Oh no wait, of course, they’re still living at home so mummy and daddy are “doing it for you”.  It is interesting that one of the women mentions the fact that “the average age to buy your first property is 30”, but not the real reason why that is. Neither of these women seems to recognise that young people are simply unable to move out of the family home, that it is financially possible, due to the obstacles placed in our way by the middle aged population making the decisions.

The only way to move out is to go onto the street, or move to university. Do these older people in their perfect bubbles know how much it is to live in London when you’re a student? That, yes, things like wiring a plug and drilling holes near electrical cables are things we do not do normally, as we are paying enough rent that we have handymen and security at our halls of residence. Also, in an age of austerity and cuts, is it really that awful to pay the wages of struggling handymen like plumbers and electricians, so they can keep their own property?

Quite humourously a 75 year old woman tells us to “get on with it you young people!”, gaining a couple of chuckles from Vahl and Behari. To those three women, I’d like to say that we are getting on with it in our own way, but this isn’t 1964, this is a 21st Century Britain, and we will battle this new and modern world of debt and insecurity with all the avocados that are in our supply!!

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