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Renewing the intergenerational contract could be as important to future generations as a successful EU exit

We have become very sensitive to inequities of class or race or gender. But we have been ignoring a growing new problem – unfairness between the generations. When I wrote The Pinch six years ago it was the first book looking at Britain from the point of view of the different generations. Since then it has become more and more clear that it is increasingly difficult for our children to enjoy the same kind of opportunities we baby boomers have enjoyed. Fairness between the generations has become one of the big political issues of our time.

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Repairing the painful fractures between generations will be a crucial task for the new Prime Minister

There’s a lot to do, and no-one around to do it. That’s the conclusion from Britain’s first week as a country on a course for Brexit. Most debate, and financial market turmoil, is focused on the huge task of redefining Britain’s role in the world. Whether we like it or not, and whether our leaders have answers or not, we’re going to need to decide what level of openness we actually want as we determine new approaches to trade and migration.

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