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Recently, the British author James Meek gave an interview to the LARB (Los Angeles Review of Books):

Meek observed that, whereas not so long ago, Britain had three generations of people, we now have four, as life expectancy continues to increase.

Such age differences between young and old produce tensions, often played out in the ‘immigration’ debate. In reality, these are also about the generation gap. This is what Meek had to say:

Meek’s is an observation for other Westerners to consider, too. Intergenerational tension is increasing. The young are angry with the Boomer generation for living comfortably when they cannot get on the housing ladder. By contrast, the Boomers believe they have done everything they could for their Millennial children, especially when it comes to paying their school fees and university tuition.

The responses to writer Jonathan Coe’s thread are interesting, sometimes witty:

But presumably they haven’t yet daubed anti-Dad graffiti on the walls and blamed you for terrorist atrocities, the housing crisis and low pay.

Currently writing and reading about the 70’s despite all the chaos there was not the division there is today. The working class had some power and weren’t fighting amongst themselves

This one remembered the UK’s traditional passports, lamented when they went by the wayside for the EU claret coloured ones:

The past is a different country, they use blue passports there.

While the issues surrounding immigration are very real indeed, so are our perceptions of each other generationally.

That, too, deserves more discussion.

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