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The View from 22 — baby boomers vs. the jilted generation, an indecent housing proposal and the royal baby

25 July 2013

Are the baby boomers propping up the lazy ‘jilted generation’ while driving Britain’s economic recovery? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Daily Mail columnist Melanie Philips debates The Guardian’s Shiv Malik on the latest round of generational warfare, including on whether there is any need to blame one group for the country’s economic woes. How big a factor is culture and immigration in the differing employment levels between generations? Are the younger generations simply dragging their heels, or do they genuinely face more difficult circumstances than Britain’s post-war generation?

Maurice Mcleod discusses with Fraser Nelson the Chancellor’s generous offer for council tenants to purchase their properties at knock-down rates. To some tenants, would taking up George Osborne’s offer betray the original mission of social housing, or is this an easy buck from the state? And is the original right to buy scheme, introduced by Margaret Thatcher, responsible for the current problems in council housing and the market in general?


Plus, our guests discuss the birth of royal baby, the effect it has had on the country and what we can expect to see in the coming days. You can subscribe through iTunes to have it delivered to your computer every week, or listen with the embedded player below:

The View from 22 — 25 July 2013. Length: 30:12

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  • itdoesntaddup

    BTL mortgages simply didn’t exist in the Thatcher years. The great change in housing provision has not really been so much in public sector renting, which has switched increasingly from council to HA owned, but rather the explosion in the BTL sector since 2000 that has bought more than all the new houses built since then, causing a decline in owner occupation. It has been assciated with a rapid rise in the Housing Landlord Benefit bill. RTB is now just an insult to BTL renters.

  • Colonel Mustard

    Blaming groups (creating them first) is a socialist trick. Ironic that their pursuit of Utopia involves the creation of so much sectarianism, ghettoes, divisiveness, envy and hatred. They create the hate crime then they legislate to prevent it.

    Every “group” contains the feckless, the noble, the intelligent, the stupid, the selfish, the generous, the kind and the callous. Only socialist half-wits try to cram us all into pre-labelled pigeon holes and then call the inequality egalitarianism.

    • Makroon

      Spot on !
      But it’s not only lefties creating artificial divisions and hatreds.
      Conservative cabinet minister David Willetts is a prime architect of this latest bubble nonsense.

    • tolpuddle1

      Perhaps the Right should stop demonising benefit claimants and the poor generally.

      Whatever Britain’s Right may be, it isn’t remotely good-natured.

  • OldLb

    The baby boomers have been screwed. A median wage earner who invested their NI would have had 627,000 pounds in a fund. State pension costs 152,000. They have been ripped off. The insurance part of NI only pays out 10%.

    The young are going to be ripped off, because they are being forced to pay into a system that’s bankrupt.

    So you’re just playing the game. Set pensioners against the young in the hope they won’t turn on you.

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