They really should have thought a little more about this:
Clair Beattie, who lives in Nottingham and works part-time as a hairdresser, looks back to her parents’ generation and wishes things could be like that now.
Her father had a good profession: he was a builder who brought home a decent wage. Her father-in-law, working in the same trade, owned his own company. His prosperity meant his family owned their own house and went away every year on holiday.
By contrast, Clair and her husband Dan struggle. They don’t complain too much, largely because they have two lovely daughters – one four and the other 17 – as well as an 18-year-old son who has left the family home. But life is tough. Dan’s expertise is in air conditioning and because there are few jobs in that field in Nottingham he works 50 to 60 hours in London every week.
So we’re going to compare, over the generations, the living standards of the capitalist exploiting the workers and the worker being exploited are we?
Very good matching of your comparison set there, eh?