Have Baby Boomers caused current bust?

Published: 6 March 2012 at 11:31

Universities Minister David Willetts amongst panellists for Anglia Ruskin debate

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A host of experts, including Universities and Science Minister Rt Hon David Willetts MP, will discuss whether the Baby Boomer generation is to blame for society’s problems in a special debate at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on Monday, 12 March.

Willetts, who was widely praised for his book The Pinch: How the Baby Boomers Took Their Children's Future – And How They Can Give it Back, will be joined by Aaron Porter, Higher Education consultant and former President of the NUS; Julie Spence OBE QPM, former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire Police; Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas; Christopher Maguire Dip Arch, RIBA; and Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin.

According to Willetts, the post-war Baby Boomers stole their children’s inheritance.  But did that 60s generation also corrupt our social, moral and cultural values? 

Colin Walsh, co-founder of Book Production Consultants, who will be chairing the debate, said:

“David Willetts’ book sets out that the people controlling the media, the boardrooms, academia and politics did irreparable harm to society, running up a bill that has to be paid by their children and grandchildren.  If this is the case, can an entire generation really be to blame? 
“The debate will ask, and attempt to answer, the questions that are important not just to the Baby Boomers but to society as a whole. The very future of the NHS is in the spotlight at the moment and some say the ‘must have it now’ generation are responsible for stretching it to breaking point as they reach old age and live longer. 
“Some people think they are to blame for a property market based on greed and self-gratification, which has made it near impossible for low earners to own a house today.  Others blame the current economic problems on that generation’s mismanagement, lack of foresight and avarice.
“Whether you think the Swinging Sixties were really the Whinging Sixties or you believe the Baby Boomers have an unfair reputation, it promises to be a fascinating evening.”

The free debate starts at 6pm and places are limited.  To reserve a seat and to suggest a question for the panel, please contact Andrea Hilliard on 0845 196 4727 or andrea.hilliard@anglia.ac.uk