Posted: 20/10/2014 at 19:32
Here we go, my tuppence.
Had a public school education, as did my brother and sister. We all left school at 16 with no qualifications as we all did not take any exams. We all spent the next ten years of our lives having a lot of fun, doing just enough to get by. And no, it wasn't on our parents money, dad went bankrupt and became an alcoholic eventually killing himself, mum just stuck to being an alcoholic.
I now own my own house, and have a decent pension pot after getting some quals and working my way up the ranks. I recently downsized my career to half my previous salary, because I could.
My brother also owns his own house, along with a business employing 200 people he built from scratch after he decided that he really should do something about his future. He works 16 hours a day 7 days a week. I think he's worth what he pays himself. He also pays several others very well who have helped him build the business and who add to the growth. He also pays some workers minimum wage as what they do is, well, basic.
My sister owns her own house, is now retired at 50 and lives in Texas after she also worked her way up and sacrificed a large amount of her time to get there.
So, did our education help us? You could say in general that it did, not so much in the knowledge imparted, but in the self confidence it gave us.
So, as you can see, I am very much in the ' If you want it, do something about it ' camp. I'm not willing to give up what I've worked for to someone who isn't willing to help themselves in the first place.
As for Unions, don't get me started. As bad as any political party. The top guns are paid multiple's of the wages of the majority of members, are they willing to only pay themselves a living wage so their members can have an increased pay? The cynic in me brings up the thought that most Unions base their subs on a stepped increase in line with wages, so the more the members get paid, the more the Union gets in as subs, the more the top guns get paid etc.....