Unfortunately, yes. It’s not just women – the dreaded “halo effect” gets us all. Turning heads is a great way to get a job, and when they do get employed, attractive people are likely to earn 3-4 per cent more than a person with below-average looks. But that’s not the whole story.
If you won’t give me a job, then I’ll make my own, thank you very much.
That seems to be the attitude of young people in Britain since the financial crisis struck in 2008. As the FT reported yesterday, a third of young participants in recent YouGov research said that they believe they would be self-employed in the future, and around a quarter said they would be within five years.
It strikes me that April Fool’s Day is an oddly appropriate choice to usher in some of the biggest spending cuts to Britain’s welfare state since its inception. But for all the anti-austerity protests of recent years, these cuts seem surprisingly popular.
It starts with a man called Nick D’Aloisio. He was born in London to Australian parents and his story involves some geekery, a bit of obsession and a convenient dose of luck. The punchline: Mr D’Aloisio has just sold an app on the iStore to Yahoo! for somewhere around £18m ($27m). Oh, and he’s 17 years old.
I know adults mean well when they ask: “what do you want to do when you’re older?” But it’s a bit of a dumb question.
Ironically, however sure you may be at 18 that when you’re older you want to be Superman (or Cinderella), you can’t possibly know that…until you are older and figure out that the glasses would look better stamped on and those high heels are impossible to walk in every day. In which case how could you reliably choose what subjects you want to do at school, or even at degree level?
A mere six hours from his Twitter debut, Britain’s chancellor, George Osborne, had 27,800 followers. Before he could so much as tweet twice, he was greeted with more than a few angry obscenities including delights such as “@George_Osborne go stick your cock in a tiger.” And that’s before he even started speaking. Needless to say, Britain’s 2013 Budget is a tender issue.
Here’s a run down of the most important points for young people in Britain. (I have ignored stuff which doesn’t really affect our jinxed generation. The full summary of Budget changes is here).