Was the AV vote an intergenerational issue?

Antony Mason suggests that younger generations risk a relentless erosion of their voter power No exit polls were taken at the Referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV), so it is impossible to say quite how the vote went in terms of age bands. However, pre-Referendum polls suggested a strong bias among younger voters towards a… Read more »

Dementia? Let’s go to Easter Island! – Planning for long-term care

Antony Mason responds to the recent announcement about long-term care for the elderly It has taken the Law Commission to reignite the debate about long-term care of the elderly. The current provision of social care is so inconsistent and chaotic that the elderly and the infirm (and their carers), in desperate need of support, have had… Read more »

When would you like to have been born? An intergenerational thought experiment

Angus Hanton suggests a subtle way to winkle out intergenerational attitudes One way of exploring our attitude to intergenerational fairness is to answer a theoretical and imaginary question. The question is, “If you could go outside time and relive your life again and choose when to be born, in which year would you choose to be born… Read more »

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“If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” Lyndon B. Johnson

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“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.” Thomas Jefferson

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“2.8 million people aged between 18 and 44 are delaying having children because they can’t afford to buy a home.” Belinda Turffrey, The Human Cost, Shelter 2010

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“In 1971 the over-60s made up one-fifth of the population; in 2030 they will make up almost one-third of the population.” 2008 National Population Projections, ONS 2009

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“Of the NHS budget of about £100bn, half goes on the over-65s.” David Willetts, The Pinch, 2010

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“If house prices had grown in line with the stock market over the last two decades (5% a year) then average house prices would be 50% cheaper.” Martin Weale, Head of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research

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“The over-45s hold 83% of the UK’s property wealth; the over-65s, 40%. Skip to the under-35s and the figure is just 5%.” Linton Chiswick, Citywire