I read an article yesterday in the local press stating that half a million British school children they are unhappy with their lives. The new study conducted by The Good childhood report 2012 goes on to say that one in eleven youngsters (9%) aged between eight and fifteen have a low well-being at any given time.
With that in mind I want to take you back many years, when I was aged between nine and fifteen years and where happiness was putting firecrackers in dog excrement lighting the fuse and hoping that you where fast enough to get out of the fallout zone, where happiness was building a giant catapult out of old wooden drinks pallets that could launch a rotten melon 50 meters.
I never thought I would be writing about the youth of today, but they do seem a miserable bunch, almost adult in their demeanour worrying about adult stuff. Demanding everything that poor Mum and Dad cannot afford.
Locally I see kids with mobiles, laptops Xboxes TV in their own room. Everything single thing, that stops them from being children. All this technology creates a barrier between the children and their parents, kids don’t need parents (Other than to feed their gadget habits) they have high-speed broadband and 478 friends on Facebook.
After the Chief Minister’s appearance on Canal Sur the Opposition was very quick issue a condemnation of what was said, in this case by saying;
“We condemn him for saying that the financial accounts of the Gibraltar Government under the GSD were false. This scandalous statement is wholly untrue and hugely damaging to Gibraltar’s reputation. Mr. Picardo must now immediately either retract his statement or publicly provide details of his scandalous allegation.”
So who is really telling the truth about our country’s finances? I am putting the Government and Opposition on the spot; less rhetoric and show me the books. I want evidence, and I want it yesterday. It is my right as a voter to demand this.