We need a new social contract between generations

Guy Shrubsole, Director of the Public Interest Research Centre, believes that the baby boomers need to wise up to their environmental responsibilities towards future generations “Society”, wrote Edmund Burke, is “a contract… between those who are dead, those who are living, and those who are to be born”.

Are defence cuts an intergenerational issue?

David Kingman asks whether Britain will have to cut into its defence budget as the population ages – and would this be fair on future generations?

Voting age – an intergenerational issue

Angus Hanton proposes that the voting age should be reviewed to ensure that the younger generation is properly represented There are some democratic systems in which there is an upper age limit on voting. For example, in the Vatican Cardinals over 80 years old are not allowed to cast a vote in the election of a new Pope.… Read more »

British jobs for British workers?

Sam Desborough looks at the suggestion that the role of immigration in filling job vacancies will have long-term intergenerational implications in the UK One and a half million. This is the number of people in the UK – according to most recent figures from the Department of Work and Pensions – who have never had a… Read more »

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

Inflation and its intergenerational impact

Angus Hanton looks at the pros and cons of rising inflation, and its effects on interest rates Inflation is now running at about 5% pa, with interest rates standing at below 1%. The result is that, when you take account of inflation, real interest rates are negative, so that savers are seeing their savings reduced… Read more »

Jilted Generation: a student’s view

Sam Desborough explains why he was gripped by Jilted Generation, and why he thinks it should be required reading for fellow students The blurb for Jilted Generation describes it as a work of ‘irresistible polemical energy’ and this proves to be a most apt summary of Ed Howker and Shiv Malik’s writing.