Are baby boomers to blame for worldwide Brexit fallout? 14



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Millennials in Britain have taken to the streets in protest, blaming baby boomers for yesterday’s Leave victory in the Brexit vote.

Youth all across the country are furious with pensioners saying they made a selfish decision without thinking about how it would affect the generations to come.

Statistics revealing how Britain voted have now been released and they show that the majority of the leave votes came from over 50s, while the majority of youth voted to remain.

Now thousands of young people have descended upon parliament as well as the prime minister’s residence and London Bridge to vent their outrage.

They are carrying signs and flares and chanting protest songs as they get ready to try to fight their way back into the EU.

“Want to thank the older generations for once again screwing us over. Cheers, we’ll keep carrying the can for your mistakes,” said Jon Gleeson sarcastically.

“Older generations really don’t realise how badly this will affect our future,” wrote Lily Bowen on social media.

“Brilliant, once again the older generations get to decide what’s best and we’ve got to pickup the pieces,” said young voter Matt Cooper.

Grace ‏Lansbury posted: “Very disappointing result, I hope older generations and even those of my generation understand the repercussions of this outcome.”

Below are the latest figures from pollsters YouGov, revealing that young people voted in their droves for the Remain campaign.
18-24: 75% Remain
25-49: 56% Remain
50-64: 44% Remain
65+: 39% Remain

While it is no doubt a disappointing result for many, can millennials really heap all the blame onto baby boomers?

The Remain campaign reported a significantly lower turnout of voters than expected, leading some to speculate that the youth simply didn’t care enough to turn up on the day when it counted most.

It has also been reported that a huge number of people say they regret voting Leave and didn’t think their vote would count or even understand what it meant.

Not everyone agrees with this argument though.

“I turned up, I voted,” said one young woman. “We care a lot about this and we just got totally screwed over. It’s going to be so much harder for us to find a job now and get ahead. I’m really angry about it all.”

The protest runs in a similar vein to conversations that have been had in Australia too, with many young people blaming seniors for the high cost of living and housing.

They are arguing that baby boomers had it easier in their youth and had more chances to get ahead and make a life for themselves.

What do you think about this?

Do you think today’s youth have it harder than we did? Did baby boomers in Britain screw over the youth there?

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  1. 40 to 50 years ago there were fewer people making iteasier to get a job. If you had a job you had it for life. The cost of living was stab,e for longer allowing you to be able to save for a deposit on a house without the goal post constantly moving. Yes it was easier for us when we were younger, but only because we didnt want much.

    Today the younger generation want everything all at once. No one saves up for a luxury any more, just put it on a credit card. If anything you can blame the younger generation for our woes, plus over population and geedy governments who are so far from reality they are only interested in lining their own pockets at everyone elses expense. Suck it up princesses and fight for what you want, not blame someone else cause it is now getting harder.

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    • You have nailed it in one!! Younger generation = spoilt brats.

  2. You seem to forget. It was the so called baby boomers and the people born during the war years and before that made your country great. They invented all the things you now take for granted and as your right to have now and pay later. (if at all) They EARNED the right to vote. You have inherited it which is a lot different than earning.

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    • Very well said -I’m in total agreement !

  3. Since the result everyone from working class “racists,xenophobes and accomplices to murder” to “the old f***ers who sold us down the river” have had blame apportioned to them, but none to where the responsibility really lies and that is the EU political project and those who foster it.
    I was one of the “old f***ers” who some remainers have stated they would like to see dead as soon as possible, who actually got us into the EU in the first place. We had vision and optimism and saw the possibilities. But as can be seen today by the European political response, one of bitterness and resentment, a small number of Eurocrats had the vanity, hubris and ambition that pushed the federal agenda first and foremost with the express purpose of undermining the nation state, and not just UK but all European nation states and concentrate power and control in Brussels.
    The EU has had enormous opportunity to change and be what it could and should be but the likes of Juncker prevented it at every opportunity. I have been in Europe a lot and there is a marked difference in the attitudes towards Britain and british people between the open and generous EU citizens and the EU politicians who I think have long despised the UK for standing in the way of their ambitions. The result of Brexit was obviously the responsibility of those who voted but the blame for Brexit lies fairly and squarely on the shoulders of the EU.

  4. It’s easy to play the blame game, but democracy is not about street protests or on-line petitions, it’s about voting, and if the young in Britain can’t be bothered voting then they shouldn’t be surprised at the result. In the last election in Britain less than half of 18-35 year olds voted. This referendum that percentage is probably about the same or even less. Around 80% of those over 35 voted. It would only have taken more of the under 35’s to vote to change the result. That’s not the fault of baby boomers. They understand and abide by the rules of a democratic society. That includes voting, and it includes accepting the will of the majority even if you don’t agree with it. Would these young people prefer some other system – like an unelected elite deciding everything? Oh wait, that’s the EU isn’t it……

  5. Do the younger people know what democracy is?
    Suck it up and get on with life.
    The older generation are wanting to right a wrong thay happened in the 70’s when they voted to join a Common Market and NOT the EU it has evolved into.

  6. Do the younger people know what democracy is?
    Suck it up and get on with life.
    The older generation are wanting to right a wrong thay happened in the 70’s when they voted to join a Common Market and NOT the EU it has evolved into.

  7. Rubbish they had a vote did not go the way they wanted so now they complain . Just like a lot of spoiled kids . May be they should have had a smack on the bum when younger. Lot of wingers

  8. I would like to see the current generation walk a day in the average baby boomers shoes you would curl up in the foetal position you have no idea how good you all have it but let me tell you the end is near you have all had it so good for so long you have no survival skills you have no idea what going without really means

  9. Us oldies are to blame as well, you teach a dog new tricks and the dog obeys! Why don’t we have this patience with our children? Yes We as parents to blame as well!

  10. Why are they blaming those over 50? Those over 25 voted 56 percent to remain. Shows the 18 to 24 year olds brain have not fully matured into adults with responsible decisions. It’s always this age group out protesting over anything and everything. It’s always freedom of speech until it’s an opposing view then you are a racist or homophobic. Where are they learning this my answer is school university and peer pressure. So easily brainwashed as showed by all polls that after 25 so many of these kids actually mature enough to do some research and actually listen to other people’s views. I bet alot of these kids parents voted to leave. 2016 the year kids take to the streets on any issue and cry ‘ I want I want give me give me’

  11. I would have voted to leave if I had still been in Britain. My generation lived through the Depression and the war, and the problems after the war.
    Young people today need to take a longer term view, and think of their children and grandchildren.
    Yes, it may be hard while the dust settles. I probably won’t live to see the end of it. But future generations will be better off, and that is what really matters.

  12. I’m a comparative youngster here, being only 51. However, I voted to remain.

    We’ve spoiled things for generations to come. But we’ve given them something too.

    Remember how back in the 60s, 7os and 80s we rebelled against the petty morals and attitudes of the older generation? Now our young ones have somebody to rebel against -US!

    Hopefully this will bring about some real passion. A desire to sort out politics, clean up the greedy fat cats and take on the hypocrisy of the establishment.

    Who knows, maybe now they’ll give the world protest singers and angry young men writers instead of pointless celebrities.

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