Clutching their degrees and saddled with huge debts, the pool of jobless graduates are among those 66 people who are chasing every shop job in some parts of Britain.
Having invested years of their lives to better themselves and supposedly better their employment prospects, they are just other hopefuls trying to find work – any work.
Cash-strapped employers are cagey and choosy. Somebody overqualified for the role of stacking the shelves or being on the checkout may not even get the courtesy of a reply to their job application. They are not alone in this demoralising rejection by silence. Almost 70 per cent hear nothing back and are expected to take the hint.
It is of paramount importance to get the economy moving to get these young people into work. But an economic Catch 22 comes into play. They cannot find work and so help kickstart the economy if there is no work, and there are not going to be more jobs around until the economy is kickstarted.
How easy it all was for Tony Blair in the 1990s. He raided the coffers and brought forward capital spending schemes in a big cash splurge – the oft-quoted schools and hospitals which tripped so easily from his lips.
Now we have the reckoning. George Osborne looks to the coffers and sees them bare. Throwing cash about is an option which is denied to him.
Yet the primary role of the Government is to govern, not wring its hands and say nothing is to be done. The main characteristic of David Cameron’s administration so far has been one of inactivity. Were this proving beneficial, there would be something to be said for it. However, the economic indicators suggest that the change nothing policy is not working.
Time is running out. Because unless there is a change for the better, voters will conclude that the change that will make things better is a change of Government.