"As home ownership becomes less accessible to the young, the ending of the retirement age poses challenges for youth employment, and the costs of higher education become punitive, it remains quite plausible that the fault lines of age could become increasingly well defined.
The current financial austerity might even serve to deepen these fault lines especially if they are accompanied by a stronger discourse of age inequality and an accompanying set of policy demands from different groups."
More surprising is that politicians have done so little to help this generation – choosing, on the whole, to burden them with new taxes and greater debts. Their calculation appears to be that there are no votes in the young, so why bother courting them? But I have always prefered to see it in terms of untapped voters, waiting for someone to speak out on their behalf. Life may not be all bad for these potential voters (this is, after all, the era of iPod as well as IPOD; of laptops, lattes and Facebook), but they have also been afflicted by deep political and economic problems. Putting aside the unpardonable elements of last week's protest, the coalition might care to think more about how it can heal the intergenerational divide.