Bashing The Babyboomers -
The Hypocrisy Of It All
The Guardian used to be a radical left of centre newspaper, more than just ink on newsprint, journalists with hearts in the right place who believed and lived by what they wrote.
Earlier this year I stopped buying the Guardian and the Observer couldn’t put my finger on why I had changed a habit of a lifetime, although the Guardian’s support for the Lib Dems might have had a bit to do with it. But I couldn’t get to the real reason for the change until yesterday when I was directed by twitter to
a load of twaddle by Will Hutton of the Observer on the legacy of the babyboomers
Will Hutton describes himself as “ a 60-year-old in 2010 (who) is a very privileged and lucky human being" able to “enter comfortable retirement”. Hutton wants to get out more often and he will learn that all boomers have not been so lucky as him.
Babyboomers grew up in the fifties and early sixties, very austere times for most people, many of our dads came back penniless from the war, a great housing shortage, poor housing, thousands having to live in Nissan huts.
Hutton was privileged to attend university, when few university places were available. Most left school at 15 or 16 went to work in mundane shops, offices and factories. A harsher world than today, fewer holidays, less time off and less credit. We saved up for things including a deposit for our first house. Now many boomers coming up to retirement are finding their pensions are a fraction of what they were promised
The current mess and debt that our children face is not the fault of the baby boomers but the two faced politicians and journalists, lazy journalists who get easy money for re-hashing stuff that most of us have read dozens of times before.