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About jinxedgeneration

A professional journalist and member of Britain's jinxed generation. Unwilling to sit by and let an apathetic political class lead the young down a path of no return.

Bullying George Osborne is both funny and cruel

Britain’s chancellor, George Osborne, would have a bloody hard time even if it wasn’t for the economic crisis he is trying so hard to fix (with limited success). Just take #burgergate, for example, or “shamburger” as some have taken to calling it.

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Shocker: It’s who you know, not what you know that counts

Why the British government felt they needed to ask 2,272 people to confirm an ancient proverb, I have no idea. 65 per cent thought that who you know is more important that what you know when it comes to finding a job. But the results were actually a lot more interesting than the headline figure suggests, because of how contradictory they are.

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Why you should totally ignore the media coverage of Nigella Lawson being throttled

Nigella Lawson

Jean-Paul, The Sunday People / Mirror

Apparently the Leveson Inquiry didn’t yield terribly much, because pictures of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being strangled by her husband in public are all over the front pages. It’s rather drowned out the more important story about the UK government spying on world leaders during a summit the country hosted in 2009.

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When I grow up I want to be a pensioner

Indeed...

Indeed…

The Institute for Fiscal Studies reported today that over 60s are the only age group to be better off now than they were before the financial crisis struck in 2007/8, while adults in their 20s saw the biggest fall in income — about 12 per cent. They called it “a triumph of social policy.”

What?!

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GCSE reforms: shrewd move or bad joke?

No government can feel satisfied with itself until it has “overhauled” the education system. This one is no different, but is it going in the right direction?

The education secretary, Michael Gove, has a plan for GCSEs meant to make Britain more competitive in the world and tackle ‘grade inflation’. The concern is that Britain’s education system is falling behind – the Chinese work harder, the Americans are more innovative, the Germans more logical and the Scandianvians are just better. And there have been more passes and higher grades every year that GCSEs have been taken since their invention in 1988.

So what’s going to change?

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The NSA surveillance scandal explained

For those who have heard some of what’s been going on but got a bit lost in the storm of media coverage, I thought I’d do a nice quick(ish) summary.

What happened?

The Guardian and Washington Post broke a story last week about the extent to which the US National Security Agency spies on people. This is the US equivalent of GCHQ – a spy agency specialising in digital communication. The reports basically said that the NSA had been saving huge quantities of data in partnership with companies including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Skype (not Twitter, oddly enough). They have also been recording phone call information from the large US carrier Verizon.

The targets of such digital surveillance have been mostly foreign to the US, although the system they use only has a 51 per cent confidence measure, which means that pretty much anyone could be on the list. Other governments have also been implicated, including the UK.

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