There has been much debate recently about the state we are in when it comes to the younger generation.

Knife-crime, anti-social behaviour, a lack of respect, poor education standards, little hope for the future, all tend to characterise the lives of so many teenagers at the rump end of Tony Blair’s tenure as Prime Minister.

The fault could and is being laid firmly at Mr Blair’s door, but the fact is the root of many of the issues facing today’s and tomorrow’s teenagers stretch back beyond the 1980s and way before the rise of New Labour.

There is currently much being spoken and written on the fate of this generation and those who will follow them.

Some of it is insightful, much of it hits very wide of the mark and there is inevitably a good deal that points the finger and offers little in the way of solutions.

There is an interesting, informative and enlightening article in The Guardian today which looks at the “Cool” ethic and the impact it has on this generation.

It offers a few pointers to solutions without providing anything like a list of ideas and strategies.

More importantly it offers an insight into sections of this “lost” generation, how they think and why they act the way they do.

First Gordon Brown, then possibly someone else after the next General Election, will face a long and growing list of priorities as we enter the post-Blair years.

It will be interesting to see whereabouts on this list finding this “lost” generation and giving them more of a future lies.

The article was published on the same day as the children’s charity NCH released a report suggesting one in ten young people suffer from a significant mental health issue, although other groups have disputed the claims.

The pressures being placed on this generation manifest themselves in so many different ways and NCH maintains the emotional and mental well-being of teenagers and other young people has dropped considerably since the 1990s.

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