It’s pointless for younger people to point a finger at baby boomers. Their struggle and ours are the same: and we need their votes to win power.
The sentiment is rising. Wait until my generation hear the worst of it and the harsh restrictions start coming in full throttle.
Literally ALL of the BB commentary is justified, they voted in more money for themselves en masse (not all of them granted, but enough) and it’s readily proven, usually with a hefty blow of statistics. They’re fucking terrified of the full facts coming out because it makes the hippy’s Leftie inclinations from that point onward look bad – proving that their anti-traditional policies from the social level upward will bankrupt us in the end (running out of other people’s money). There’s other articles like this one by a feminist [tagline: Young people are skint. But we can’t blame the baby boomers for ever.] but I won’t bother covering it directly for obvious reasons. This one by overgrown boy Owen has a pretense to data.
If the mantra of generational conflict was persuasive in the coalition years, the general election seems to have cemented it. The over-65s, showered with state largesse, expressed their gratitude to their Conservative benefactors in the polling booths: 47% plumped for the Tories. Among the repeatedly kicked 18-24 age group, it was a Labour landslide: 43% for Ed Miliband’s party, with just 27% opting for a candidate with a blue rosette.
Wait for it.
Though my own youthful credentials are now tenuous, it might seem natural for me to champion generational conflict, calling for a crusade against the cushioned existence of the baby boomer generations.
Don’t trust anyone over 30, they said. Until they hit 30. You don’t hear that phrase anymore. Hmm.
Wrong: the newly published report by the Ready for Ageing Alliance is right to take on “dangerous myths” that set generation against generation.
Myths? Where’s your data? They aren’t myths, they’re hard fact.
“Baby boomer”, they say, is now a term of abuse, and the conditions of pensioners are diverse.
Uhhh, it’s only a term of abuse because of how they acted. The stigma is rooted in behaviour.
They’re absolutely right, of course. According to Age UK, one in six pensioners live in poverty, or about 1.6 million people. Well over a million more are on the brink of poverty.
They chose not to save money. They spent it. That’s how money works.
You don’t get to have your cake and eat it.
I once saw a sign outside an ice cream shop that said “No OAP discount – you’ve had longer to get the money”.
Among women, single people and private tenants, the risk is even higher. Despite the fact that the state pension has been increased, it is still one of the least generous in Europe. German, French and Spanish pensioners are all at less risk of poverty.
The first women who burned bras and who proclaimed they didn’t need a man? Fish-bicycle women? The most independent in history? My heart bleeds. Bleeds, I tells ya.
It is depressing, indeed, to imagine that, in one of the biggest economies on earth, hundreds of thousands of Britons end their lives in deprivation: often in cold homes, worrying about bills, unable to enjoy the comforts that should be the reward of a lifetime of work. And this is why it is so difficult to generalise about generations, because there is a chasm between the lives of a retired miner in Ashington and a multimillionaire in their 70s.
Where are their children? Did they have any? How long have they been retired? Decades? Whose fault is that? Didn’t they make a choice in these areas? Aren’t they the ones remortgaging and going on nude cruises? Sex tourism? Spending their children’s inheritance because they can’t do anything right?
Yes, George Osborne has shielded the over-65s from much of austerity, and indeed extended to them a generosity denied to others.
Hence the WTF.
And we know young working-class and middle-class people have suffered a shellacking: the trebling of tuition fees, the attack on benefits, the scrapping of the education maintenance allowance, a slump in income, the housing crisis, cuts to youth services, the lack of secure, well-paid jobs, the rise of unpaid internships, and so on.
It’s that bad, a whole paragraph – AND SO ON.
But the lives of young people will not be improved by kicking the older generations, any more than attacking the pensions and wages of public-sector workers helps private-sector workers, or further immiseration for the unemployed benefits the low-paid.
Yes it does. Bare-faced lie. Pointing out public sector workers earn well above private helps the private workers.
Do you know WHY Baby Boomers have the power they do?
Voter turnout numbers. This is why I’m so hard on them all, despite some rare few not voting in free money at their grandchildren’s expense. They pulled record numbers at the polls and continue to do so, so every politician is sucking up to them like a hooker to a pimp. That’s the real reason. We could pull together like that before things get too bad …if everyone pulled their head out of their ass and surgically detached the dumbphone from their Kung Fu death grip.
The real targets – the financial sector that caused the crisis, or politicians inflicting unnecessary austerity, or the richest 1,000 who have doubled their wealth – are spared, and replaced by our grandparents.
Who voted in those politicians?
Which generation is running every industry in this decade? They’d have to be, what middle-aged, at least? Elderly at the top, the real power-brokers. We never saw them on trial did we, not a single one, the legals helped them out too. If we did, we’d notice they all share one thing in common – powder white hair, like the wigs of the Aristocracy before the French Revolution.
Attacking the conditions of pensioners would be yet another attack on the young.
Nominated for Orwell sentence of 2015.
Attacking the people IN power is the same thing as attacking the people with NO power.
That’s because all young people are future pensioners: all of us will one day retire.
Hold the fucking phone, Sunshine: https://disenchantedscholar.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/under-35-no-pension-for-you/
Stripping away benefits enjoyed by older people, or raising the retirement age, will mean that today’s younger generation will be hit by a double whammy: a standard of living now that is worse than that of their parents; and a standard of living when they retire that will be worse than that of their grandparents.
My generation are going to have a bitch fit when this one comes true and there’s no money left. Like, we go to the bank and they say there’s no such thing as a pension “pot”, maybe an IOU sign from dead people. It’ll be too late, but it’ll be funny.
But it would be suicidal for the left to indulge generational conflict for more pragmatic political reasons.
You mean how they rose to power in every other single generation ever?
Labour enjoyed its best result among 18 to 24 year-olds in May, though fewer than half voted. As is well known, nearly eight out of 10 of the heavily Tory-voting over-65s filled out a ballot paper. The solution here, of course, is twofold. Labour needs a leader with policies that can actually inspire the suffering younger generation to come out and vote, giving them confidence that politics offers solutions to the everyday problems and insecurities they face.
A shitstorm. It’s going to be a shitstorm.
The host is dead and the vultures are going to be squabbling over the fiscal corpse of the county.
They must choose, and I believe they will choose the Boomers again because like I said, turnout. There’s more time to promise the dipshit Millennials a free dinner anyway.
Moreover, Labour self-evidently needs to win over more of the older generation if it is get in power again. A good start would be to implement the policies suggested by the International Longevity Centre – and deal with the crisis of adult social care.
Childfree! Alone but not lonely!
Bet they’re regretting those abortions now.
That both we and our parents may not receive the care we need in retirement, stripping us of independence and happiness, should terrify us all.
Just the rabbits.
Because of cuts to English councils – leaving them with a gap in funding of £1.1bn – the social care sector is unable to employ the number of workers it needs.
Happy to build more mosques though. And pay legal aid to terrorists.
This is of course putting pressure on our struggling NHS.
Not the millions in population explosion the system wasn’t designed for? Check.
The longevity centre is calling for the full implementation of the Dilnot reforms, which cap individual contributions to care. For the sake of both generations, the centre also advocates incentives for downsizing, to free up family homes.
They want to make the elderly homeless. To give to the immigrants.
At the last general election Labour was committed to unpicking the universalism that should underpin the welfare state, taking away benefits from older pensioners. Partly because of means-testing, we know that many pensioners are not getting the benefits they need, suppressing their standard of living.
Cheaper champagne on their yacht.
If you have over £60k a year, about where payments cut off, you are not poor.
About £5.5bn worth of benefits – such as pension credit and housing benefit – that should be in the pockets of older people goes unclaimed each year.
That’s clever. Go with an estimate that burdens the State even more. It’s unclaimed, which means it doesn’t count on the system.
Cloward-Piven is alive and well.
Labour should be promoting universalism, because without it, many of the
pensionersvoters* who most need benefits don’t get them.
Fixed it for y’all.
Inspiring young people and addressing their problems; finally eliminating pensioner poverty; addressing social care; defending pensioners’ benefits: these are not contradictory strategies but complementary ones.
Wait, weren’t pensions and welfare supposed to end these problems? Then why have they gotten worse?
They will ensure that today’s young people can reclaim a sense of optimism for the future, rather than one of foreboding. The mantra of generational conflict is poison – and if indulged by the left, it will help to destroy the left.
Here’s the truth: he senses the end.
The end of the gravy train.
A good resource on how screwed we are is Captain Capitalism.
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