BBC Radio Four’s Thought For The Day

Clifford Longley, leading religious commentator, asks what our responsibilities should be to our relatives who have yet to be born. Broadcast on BBC Radio Four’s ‘Thought For The Day’, 4 July 2011. Listen to clip

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“After all, children should not have to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.” Corinthians 12, verse 14b

Does the increase in pension contributions for government workers matter intergenerationally?

Angus Hanton looks at the proposals for meeting the gaping liabilities in public-service pensions In the UK we are saving too little, according to the experts such as Martin Weale of the Bank of England. This ties up with personal observations: people expect to live longer, they expect to spend more, and they retire at… Read more »

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“Perhaps most ridiculous of all is the suggestion that we ‘keep’ our radioactive garbage for the use of our descendants. This ‘solution’, I think, requires an immediate poll of the next 20,000 generations.” David R Brower

Large scale tax avoidance in the housing market

Angus Hanton shows how current tax loopholes have intergenerational consequences People disagree on how housing should be taxed. Some people would like to see higher annual holding taxes, whether this is called Council Tax, Land Value Tax or just Property Tax, while others want to see the introduction of Capital Gains Tax on residential house… Read more »