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➤ Babyboomers at war with their kids: sad fact of recession or generational theft?

generation gap, guilt, citizenship, babyboomers, Moral Maze,

“It’s war!” – Babyboomers v. their kids

➢ Moral Maze, June 26 – catch up on iPlayer:

They’ve been called the Dick Turpin generation but time could be up for the babyboomers this week as the Chancellor announces spending cuts and universal benefits, like free bus passes and winter fuel payments for rich pensioners, start to look tempting targets. But for some this is more than just an argument about balancing the books – it’s about inter-generational equity. Instead of being custodians of future generations the babyboomers are accused of busily raiding their kids’ piggy-banks, saddling them with a vast and increasing national debt to fund for their own generous pensions and welfare payouts.

❏ The knives were out in last night’s combative episode of Radio 4’s Moral Maze, the weekly debate chaired by Michael Buerk. With Anne McElvoy, Giles Fraser, Matthew Taylor and Melanie Phillips. Witnesses: Ros Altmann, Former Director-General of Saga; Angus Hanton, co-founder of the Intergenerational Foundation; Ed Howker, co-author of Jilted Generation: how Britain has bankrupted its youth; and Stuart Prebble, producer of Grumpy Old Men TV series and books.


“grumpy babyboomer”… “generational theft”… “generational guilt”… “generationally selfish”… “inter-generational equity”… “income imbalance”… “politics of envy”… “power of the grey vote”… “transfer of reserves”… “stewardship”… “compact of citizenship”… “human sustainability”



2010 ➤ Index of posts for October

Birth of electro-pop, synth-pop,Makers, Gentry, Spandau Ballet

Feb 1978: The Makers, one day to be Spandau Ballet. Photographed by Gill Davies

➢ Classics of 80s graffiti revived by campaigning collective in New York

➢ Final spin confirmed for the Technics 1200, the DJ’s top turntable

➢ On this day in 1980 Spandau fired the starting gun for British clubland’s pop hopefuls: dada didi daaa!

➢ A second squadron of high-octane British artists zaps the Saatchi space

➢ Facebook may well be the mother of all networks but one man needs to check his maths

➢ Cool 21st-century branding for Channel 4, but when will it junk those clunky Bladerunner idents?

➢ A step up in the world for graffitist Eine, thanks to Potus and lady friends who shop in high places

Molly Parkin, John Timbers

In her heyday: Molly aged 29 at her first art exhibition. Photographed © by John Timbers

➢ Miss Parkin regrets that she said no to Cary… and can’t wait to meet Orson, Lee and Walter

➢ How Keith Richards’s life of debauchery became an inexplicable sign of alien invasion at The Times

➢ 30 years ago today: First survey of their private worlds as the new young trigger a generation gap

➢ 2011: Sade comes home to tour UK but even a cheap seat will cost you £158 !

➢ 1980: The day Spandau signed on the line and changed the sound of British pop

➢ 1980: Rik and pals detonate a timebomb beneath another kind of strip for Soho

➢ 1976: When Iain met Stephen, London traffic stopped and St Martin’s stood still

➢ Britain’s top hatter, Stephen Jones OBE, celebrates 30 years of Jonesmanship


1982 ➤ Lest we forget, on this day Britain sank the Belgrano

Belgrano, sinking, Falklands, 1982

May 2, 1982: ARA General Belgrano lists heavily to port in the Atlantic Ocean, while its crew abandon ship. Sailor’s picture via Press Association

❚ THE BRITISH WAR CABINET headed by Margaret Thatcher, met at Chequers, the prime minister’s weekend retreat, on this Sunday in 1982 and unanimously agreed to a naval order to sink the Argentine warship, General Belgrano, in the South Atlantic. Subsequently, to its eternal shame, Britain’s biggest selling daily paper The Sun boasted in its most notorious headline: “GOTCHA”.

The Sun, Gotcha, 1982, Belgrano, Falklands War,This rabid jingoism by middle-aged politicians and armchair media generals alike, as they relived memories of World War Two, drove a wedge into the generation gap that has never been equalled. Those of us under 40 — too young to remember WW2 — were appalled that a simmering 150-year-old squabble with Argentina over sovereignty of the Falkland Islands (population 1,800) should now warrant military action by Britain. We were even more appalled at the near-total, gung-ho media hype that blessed it. Neither nation formally declared war on the other, yet the 74-day conflict led to the deaths of 649 Argentine and 255 British servicemen. There were 1,188 Argentine non-fatal casualties and 777 British.

Britain initiated the first naval loss at 4pm that Sunday when the nuclear-powered submarine HMS Conqueror fired a pattern of torpedoes at the Belgrano which was patrolling south of the Falklands. Two struck the vintage light cruiser and within 20 minutes its captain ordered his men to abandon ship. It was more than a day before 770 were rescued from the open ocean. Meanwhile 323 crew had died.

In their superbly detailed chronicle The Battle for the Falklands (1983, republished 2010), journalists Max Hastings and Simon Jenkins report the reasoning of a senior British commander: “You have got to start something like this by showing that you’re bloody good and you’re determined to win.” After the sinking, a British destroyer captain said when he broke the news to his ship’s company: “There was a mixture of horror and disbelief. There certainly wasn’t any pride.” The legitimacy of this British action remains the subject of controversy today.

Retribution followed two days later, on May 4. An Argentine Exocet missile struck the British destroyer HMS Sheffield amidships, with devastating effect, ultimately killing 20 crew members and severely injuring 24 others. The ship sank six days later. In the Royal Navy, Hastings reported, officers and men were shocked at the ease with which a single enemy aircraft had destroyed a warship specifically designed for air defence.