Baby boomers breaking contract with society

Posted on: 25 January 2012 by Gareth Hargreaves

Should older people be blamed for the lack of employment opportunities and high levels of personal and national debt? Is this how young people view the legacy of this generation?

Wealthy Baby BoomersThe generation that benefitted most from the housing boom, free university education and economic growth over the past 30 years are the ones, now pilloried as the archetects of all the nation's ills. Step forward baby boomers, you horrible, selfish lot ... and you too David Willetts!

In this recorded debate hosted by Intelligence Squared, Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, promotes the idea that the baby boomers have in some way cheated the youth of today by gobbling up all the houses, jobs and welfare and enjoyed great prosperity while doing it.

Speaking in opposition to Willetts are Ed Howker, columnist at The Spectator,  and Frank Furedi, who brings a both logic and common sense to the session. 

There is a serious debate on this topic just waiting to happen - it could have been at this event had feminist activist not  chosen to ditch the rule book and support of her partner for the night and launch into a dissection of Willetts' case. With friends like that, who needs enemies.

There is a short break between each speaker.

Do you think any of the speakers were right or have they trivialised an issue that will continue to grow and be ignored? Be part of the debate below.

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