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To ask when was the best political/quality of life time in the UK?

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Miajk · 08/09/2022 09:09

I'm relatively young and all of the recent news has made me wonder about when was genuinely a good time to live in the UK?

My generation is facing, well, a lot (insane house prices, ridiculous cost of education, lots of well educated people but competing for not well paid jobs).

With that said, I understand that in the past there have been other issues in the world like financial crashes, unprecedented interest rates, lack of luxuries we have today, etc.

It would be interesting to hear which decade was the best and why? Quality of life, policies, political parties/politicians driving this?

I feel like now young people benefit from cheaper than ever technology, a large service industry, relatively cheap travel, and a lot of luxuries previous generations didn't have. But sadly it does seem like the basics and necessities like getting on the property ladder, having a family, etc. are now more out of reach, therefore on one hand life is better than ever but on the other things aren't so good in many ways. But I don't know what it would have been like in the 00s or before as I was born in the 90s, so don't have much or a comparison really.

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IceStationZebra · 08/09/2022 09:20

I was a young adult in the mid 00s which was good. Managed to buy a property shortly before the 2008 crash and although I was a bit stuffed when the fixed rate deal ended, it all evened out a bit after that and was an overall good decision.

I went to university a few years after fees were introduced which my parents found frustrating because they had assumed grants would be available. Again I was lucky because I didn’t have to change my plans too much (but am still paying off loans and will probably never stop).

Not political/QOL as much, but I would hate to be a teenager or U25 now with social media. I feel like I had the benefits of the internet without the shitshow.

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Miajk · 08/09/2022 09:27

IceStationZebra · 08/09/2022 09:20

I was a young adult in the mid 00s which was good. Managed to buy a property shortly before the 2008 crash and although I was a bit stuffed when the fixed rate deal ended, it all evened out a bit after that and was an overall good decision.

I went to university a few years after fees were introduced which my parents found frustrating because they had assumed grants would be available. Again I was lucky because I didn’t have to change my plans too much (but am still paying off loans and will probably never stop).

Not political/QOL as much, but I would hate to be a teenager or U25 now with social media. I feel like I had the benefits of the internet without the shitshow.

That's a really great point, I was a teen when Instagram and FB took off properly and looking back I wish I had a bit longer without it. I'm glad it wasn't around when I was a kid though, and we were just chucked outside to play until dinner!

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