An election has just happened and with it comes a brand new cabinet. The government cabinet can either be the making of a prime minister or the start to political infighting and making enemies — like May has done with Osborne. But, all this aside, the question that may be on the minds of young people is: what has May’s new cabinet actually done for us lot who are sometimes deemed the ‘Snowflake Generation’?

Well, fear not, as I am about to provide you with a helping hand of information for all us snowflakes out there!!!

 

May’s new cabinet with some changes:

 

  1. Damien Green — First Secretary of State (this is a completely new role)

The jealousy politics amongst the young and old has been more of an issue since the 2008 financial crash. The young feel that they simply do not have the same opportunities that past generation have had, whereas the old feel extremely lonely, overwhelmed by new technology, and do not understand why the youth of today can’t just ‘get on with it’. However, Damien Green spoke to the BBC last year where he hinted that the government may ‘curb pensions’ to make life fairer for the young (though not till 2020).

This has been a controversial topic for the Tories due to former Work and Pensions Secretary, Ian Duncan Smith, quitting because he felt that George Osborne was not doing enough to tackle the issue. Osborne in his time refused to cut some financial handouts that are enjoyed by the elderly which has forced young people to struggle.

Will they work this out this time round? Watch the space …

 

  1. Philip Hammond — Chancellor of Exchequer (no change)

Since Labour left government in 2010, the Tories can’t stop talking about getting more young people into STEM careers due to the gap in the UK economy. That is why Hammond is endorsing ‘T-Levels’, whereby young people will get more time to do practical learning in science and technology subjects (with learning hours rising to 50 per cent).

Much debate has gone on to cut vocational courses that are deemed worthless. However, if you’re like me and have never been interested in a STEM career, have you felt left out? What if you’re good at English? Or maybe Drama or Art and want to be a painter or actor? It is all well and good to encourage STEM subjects but please, don’t leave out pupils who are not interested in this, and don’t shove it down their throats!!!

 

  1. Boris Johnson — Foreign Secretary (no change)

Boris Johnson has sometimes been viewed as somewhat of a comedian by young people. He is not exactly taken seriously when it comes to his politics. One survey though, created by Jack Wills, found that 18 per cent of young people between the ages of 23 to 30 would ‘like to take Boris out for a drink’.

He could be a good laugh! Although, in all seriousness, what issue has he endorsed for us? Well, in 2011 when he was Mayor of London he attempted to tackle youth violence, according to the 2011 Annual Report. One way he did this was by hiring 1,000 mentors targeted at young people of African or Caribbean descent.

Despite this, as we all know, crime levels are still high in big cities like London — there were 61 stabbings causing death in 2016 and 29 people were killed.

 

  1. Amber Rudd – Home Secretary (no change)

So I have a question for you all: are you a young EU migrant that wants to work in Costa Coffee? Well, fear not as Rudd is thinking about introducing what has been labelled the ‘Barista Visa’. With Brexit triggered, plans have been discussed to introduce a scheme to let young people who are from the EU work in the UK’s pubs, bars and coffee shops.

But, in honesty, the way that some Tories spoke about EU migrants was utterly disgraceful! So I would not be surprised if there are fewer applications sent!

 

  1. David Davis — Secretary of State for Brexit (no change)

Interestingly, Davis had voted against raising tuition fees in 2010 as he understood the financial impact it would have on young people in their 20s. He has always been an MP campaigning to abolish fees all together, which was in the party’s 2005 policy plan. During the whole 2010 fiasco, he had been emailed by the then student president of Hull University that lobbied him on the issue, whereby Davis responded that he was on the same page as students!

Now,let’s just hope he gets a good deal for Brexit AND includes youth issues in our divorce from the EU.

 

  1. Michael Fallon — Defence Secretary (no change)

In 2016, Fallon made an announcement at the Conservative Party Conference calling to create 150 army cadet units in state schools. This may in fact help many young people to do something fun and challenging at the same time!

 

  1. Liam Fox — Secretary of State for International Trade (no change)

Last year during the debate to leave the EU, Fox stated how hard it would be for young people to get on the housing ladder if the UK did not leave. His argument was off course down to people from other countries taking houses and rented accommodation away from us! However, the Britain Stronger Together campaign argued against this.

If you aren’t confused as much as me then please leave a comment below as I am still very confused about this!!!!

 

  1. David Lidington — Justice Secretary (replaces Liz Truss)

Lidington had voted not to introduce a tax on bank bonuses when guaranteeing jobs for 100,000 young people in 2011.

 

  1. Baroness Evans — Leader of House of Lords (no change)

In 2016, Baroness Evans began talks to introduce a mentoring scheme with professionals for disadvantaged pupils. The Tories saved 12 million for this type of scheme so that these pupils could be inspired through one-to-one sessions, work experience and group workshops.

She had faced some criticism when Baroness Lister from the Labour Party questioned her on how they could do this given the cuts to youth services. Evans was quick to respond and stated her keenness to go ahead.

 

  1. Jeremy Hunt — Health Secretary (no change)

Children up and down the country may not be willing to play ‘hospital’ in the playground after they hear what this fellow has been up to! He isn’t liked by junior doctors, nurses and others that put their heart and soul in health and social care services. After telling junior doctors that the Tories are introducing measures to open NHS services on weekends too, professionals were truly confused given that they already work very long hours and sometimes without decent breaks.

However, despite all the debacle, he has done something to prevent suicide. In January, he introduced mental health liaison services costing £247 million whereby mental health professionals will be hired to get to grips with issues earlier.

Future statistics will indicate whether this move has worked or not.

 

  1. Justin Greening — Education Secretary (no change)

Just like the education policy proposed by UKIP in 2015, Greening stated that she wants to build new grammar schools and reform the ways in which pupils are accepted to them. The aim is to get more pupils from poorer backgrounds, but this has faced much criticism as middle-class parents can afford to get private tutors, giving their child better chances of passing their 11+ exams.

But, again, like the T-plus initiative, I fear this government still does not understand us young people or our parents. How about first making state secondary schools better?! And what about pupils learning from each other despite different abilities?

 

  1. Chris Grayling — Transport Secretary (no change)

Unpaid internships still seem to be a trend for many companies as it can be the best way to ‘get your foot in the door’. In 2012 Grayling introduced a scheme for young people to let them get unpaid work experience so they can get the gist of what would be expected of them in a particular role. He had partnered with the then Mayor of London to get young people who are not in employment into a 3-month work placement in sectors like charities or social enterprises. This was a good scheme as it still allowed young people to claim Job Seekers Allowance.

However, unpaid internships still remain a controversial issue. They work mainly for people from upper or middle-class backgrounds and seem to be more prevalent in the arts/culture sector.

 

  1. Karen Bradley — Culture, Media and Sport Secretary (no change)

Internet safety has been a real concern for parents up and down the country — everyday, new apps are being created with safety loopholes. That is why Bradley had introduced her plan in February for an ‘Internet Safety Strategy’. She wants parents to have that awkward conversation with their children/young people. But the most important factor is to do this in a way that will not patronize them.

 

  1. Michael Gove — Environment Secretary (he was sacked in 2016 but has now been brought back!)

Gove, in 2012 is another political minister that questioned the worthiness of a lot of the vocational courses that have been on offer for a long time. So instead of courses like Customer Service, young people will study that which can motivate them so that taking a certain course does not ‘limit their choices’ later on. But what if some 13- to 16-year-olds are already certain about their dream jobs? I understand that we all make mistakes when we are young, but for many young people their early career choices could be the only reality that they want to see happen.

 

  1. David Gauke — Work and Pensions Secretary (he was the Chief Secretary to the Treasury before)

In 2011, Gauke voted to stop the creation of more job openings targeted at young people that were funded by bank bonuses.

 

  1. Sajid Javid — Communications Secretary (no change)

Last year, Javid was saddened to see young homeless people that were actually sleeping outside his office. He was wise to acknowledge that government cannot handle the problem on its own and praised charities that help tackle the issue. He had pledged to fund the housing market and put £2.3 billion to fund building new homes on public-sector land.

The government arguably has a long way to go due to the rise of young people that sleep rough everyday.

 

  1. James Brokenshire — Northern Ireland Secretary (no change)

In 2015, Brokenshire had endorsed the ‘Make your Mark’ campaign to ensure young people get a say in what is being debated in the UK Youth Parliament.

 

  1. Alun Cairns — Welsh Secretary (no change)

Cairns has been active in trying to get young people interested in politics. In February, he partnered with PSA (Political Studies Association) to talk to Welsh pupils and discuss current political issues like Brexit.

Political education has truly been lacking in the UK so hopefully, more of this is to come!

 

  1. David Mundell — Scottish Secretary (no change)

Mundell has definitely brought about diversity within the Tory cabinet as he is the first ever cabinet member to come out as gay.

He could be an inspiration for young people as he helps to celebrate Scotland’s LGBTQ community by attending community events.

 

  1. Patrick McLoughlin — Conservative Party chairman and Duchy of Lancaster (no change)

McLoughlin advocated new legislation to ban new young drivers from driving non-family passengers because of the accidents caused by careless driving. Northern Ireland has put into law that all new drivers must stick an R-plate on their cars and should not go faster then 45 mph.

More research needs to be done on this and how effective it could actually be.

 

  1. Andrea Leadsom — Leader of the House of Commons (she was previously environment secretary)

Are you a young person bored of working in your local TopShop who wants to get out and smell the fresh air? Then Leadsom has been campaigning since last year to get young people into fruit picking jobs due to the Brexit debacle.

Let the applications role in!!!

 

22. Greg Clark — Business and Energy Secretary (no change)

Housing is the topic that Clark had a strong opinion on in 2015. He stated how difficult and unfair it is that young people have to go out of their communities to afford rent/mortgages. He also said that this has become normalized, which is truly depressing. He planned to change the dire situation by providing much more power to regions and cities across England.

 

  1. Priti Patel — International Development Secretary (no change)

A former minister for employment under David Cameron, Patel has been a strong advocate for young people to get out and do something with their lives. In 2015, she stated how our generation must not aspire to be reality stars like those in TOWIE (I still haven’t met any young person that wants this though). Her argument is that young people must work for what they want, cars, clothes etc., so she implemented a plan to create 14 million job openings for the next decade.

She is also a strong advocate for women overcoming stereotypes and being able to have a work/life balance.

Let’s see how she performs in the next five years!

 

So, there you have it, the new, slightly improved, dream team! Now let’s hope they do all work as a ‘team’.