Quick to let Sweeney know that yes, of course millennials are acutely aware of how difficult it is to get on the housing ladder and are under no illusions about where their rent goes, people on Twitter responded. Journalist Jonn Elledge said:
@PaulJSweeney In my experience, a significant number of them consider little else
@PaulJSweeney This is a really poorly phrased tweet given you’re in that exact position and demographic yourself, i… https://t.co/ZpZ7wABD27
— The Poisonous Euros Atmosphere Fan (@The Poisonous Euros Atmosphere Fan)
Meanwhile author Elizabeth May said he was being “condescending”.
That Sweeney is learning about the housing crisis now is surprising, given how much is made of it. A recent report published by the government found that 538,000 private renters struggle to make ends meet, for instance. And the phrase ‘generation rent’ is cemented into our collective consciousness.
Meanwhile, in 2017 Australian real estate mogul Tim Gurner was lambasted after he suggested millennials could afford property if they stopped buying avocado on toast - ridiculous but also a sacrifice to horrific to contemplate.
But for some reason, Sweeney who is apparently a politician, believes that the issue is niche and hasn’t been discussed in the mainstream. This is, of course, akin to a 16-year old ‘discovering’ The Smiths for the first time and believing themselves to be ahead of the curve.
@JonnElledge Yet it remains a fairly peripheral issue in mainstream political discussion? Certainly in terms of pus… https://t.co/YxSyCMU7im
Oh Sweeney, we too remember our GCSE politics essays. We look forward to hearing him urge people to turn off the lights in a bid to stop climate change, and proclaiming: “did anyone ever stop to think that like, homelessness is bad?”