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David Willetts MP
The Pinch: How the baby boomers stole their children's future - and why they should give it back
The baby boom of 1945-65 produced the biggest, richest generation that Britain has ever known. Today, at the peak of their power and wealth, baby boomers run our country. By sheer demographic weight they have fashioned the world around them to serve their interests.
In this original and brilliantly argued book, David Willetts shows how members of the baby boomer generation have attained this position at the expense of their children. He argues that if our political, economic and cultural leaders do not begin to discharge our obligations to the future, people entering the workforce today will be taxed more, work longer hours for less money, have lower social mobility and live in a degraded environment in order to pay for their parents’ quality of life.
THE PINCH is a landmark account of intergenerational relations in Britain, placing the principles of fairness between the generations at the heart of the political agenda. This is an appeal to older generations who have done so well out of the post-war world to protect the interests of the generations coming after them. It is essential reading for young people, parents and policymakers alike.