Tag Archive for young people

Wales Bill: an opportunity to strengthen Welsh democracy

Lord Roberts

Much of the current spotlight on the UK Parliament is focussed on the Scottish devolution proposals, which were debated fiercely in the Commons, yesterday. This has spearheaded a much needed public discussion about devolution and I welcome these new opportunities. However, as well as being an important issue for Scotland, these debates are equally vital for…

Youth unemployment in the EU

Baroness Valentine

The House of Lords will today debate one of the most pressing and important issues facing Europe, namely the chronic rates of youth unemployment in the EU. It will discuss the recent report from the European Union Committee, of which I am a member of sub-committee B, regarding the sizable numbers of young people out…

Back to the Future.

Lord Taylor of Warwick

This week The Good Childhood Inquiry reported that children in the UK are more unhappy than their European counterparts. The report concludes that this, and bad behaviour amongst UK children, stems from “excessive adult individualism”. For as long as I can remember, the media has focused more on the problems with our youth than the…

Fight the Fear.

Lord Taylor of Warwick

Yesterday, Sean Mercer, 18, and six other gang members were convicted of murdering 11 year old Rhys Jones in Liverpool. The judge, Mr Justice Irwin, condemned the brutality and cowardice of gang culture. He said that the cowardliness and “brutality” of the young killer was to blame. Whilst I do not disagree with Mr. Justice…

Political engagement

Baroness Murphy

I want to pick up on a theme Lord Norton has raised once or twice, about the perceived problem of political disengagement, especially amomg the young. You know, the poor voting record in elections, the small numbers who join political parties and so on. I would like to suggest that it is a symptom of…