Seven years ago, a new set of contour lines emerged in our understanding of inequality in Britain. The publication of The Pinch by David Willetts has shaped the way we map, measure and articulate inequality: not just in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, but in terms of the divide between the young and the old. Lord Willetts’ arguments have since become well rehearsed. The baby boomer generation have collectively done much better financially than the generations that came before them. They will have drawn more out of the welfare state than they paid in as a generation; have done exceedingly well out of accelerating house-price growth; and can look forward to a comfortable retirement on generous defined-benefit pensions. But this has come at the expense of the younger generation, which finds itself struggling to even get on the housing ladder, and financially propping up both the welfare state and pensions schemes that the older generation are drawing down on. If … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on generational inequality: a country fit for all ages
Guardian most viewed
Meghan Markle is officially pregnant with another heir to the British throne. The Duchess of Sussex and her husband, Prince Harry, confirmed the exciting news in a statement from Kensington Palace on Monday, October 15. Now that Meghan, 37, is pregnant, she’ll have a whole slew of new Royal protocols and traditions to follow. The monarchy has established guidelines to almost every aspect of pregnancy, including when the news is shared with the public, where the birth takes place, who’s the first to learn of the baby’s arrival and even what the child’s named. Now that Meghan Markle is pregnant, she'll have to follow Royal protocol that dictates where she gives birth, who learns of her child's arrival first and more Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that they're expecting a child together on Monday What are the rules and traditions Meghan Markle will have to follow now that she’s with child? Check it out. Royal pregnancies are announced about … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle pregnant: Royal baby traditions the Duchess will have to follow
Tunnel through the Alps: Semmering railway Europe’s first standard-gauge mountain rail line, the Semmering – which connects Vienna with southwestern Austria – became the first transport route to be designated a Unesco heritage site. Completed in 1854, the line crosses 16 viaducts and passes through 15 tunnels, and provides a breathtaking vision of the Austrian Alps as it clings to the icy mountainside and sweeps above the snowy valley floor thousands of feet below. It is a world-class experience that costs around £38, for a return ticket from Vienna to Semmering, and can further be enjoyed with a two-course meal with wine and coffee for an extra £20.• oebb.at Steam into 2020: North Yorkshire Moors rail One of Britain’s finest preserved railways, the North Yorkshire Moors line runs from Pickering to Grosmont over the North Yorkshire dales to join Network Rail’s line to Whitby. This season, the railway is operating New Year specials on 29 … [Read more...] about Snow patrol: 10 great winter train journeys in Europe
The Hotel Meurice in Calais is rather decrepit these days but, with its reasonable rates, it has long appealed to English tourists. The problem is that English tourists – as anyone trying to make a living in Calais will tell you – have fled, fearful of migrants and the general chaos that has taken hold of the city. Monsieur Cossard, owner of the Hotel Meurice, would very much like to sell his business, but alas, nothing’s selling in Calais. He would also like to take bookings from the ranks of the riot police, 1,800 of whose officers are deployed around the tunnel and the port; welcome custom for the managers of chain hotels such as Ibis, Novotel, and Formule 1. But the people who make decisions about this kind of thing at the Ministry of the Interior must have viewed the genteel decrepitude of the Meurice – its faded toiles, rickety day beds, and dusty frills and flounces – ill-suited to the rugged image of the forces of law and order. A few months ago, … [Read more...] about ‘That thing gnawing away at all of us’: Calais and the shantytown on its doorstep
In a packed village hall in rural Normandy, hundreds of people cheered as a 70-year-old politician, hailed as the saviour of France, took the stage. “Our society is not well!” boomed Alain Juppé, the mayor of Bordeaux and an elder statesman. “France is disorientated, frightened, fractured and hatred is spreading, but I refuse to give in to the intellectuals who say the nation is in decline.” He railed against the far-right ideas and anti-immigration rhetoric that has come to dominate French politics. “France can bounce back,” he said. “We have to break this mood of suspicion and build a society of trust.” After a standing ovation, supporters rushed forward to shake his hand, jostling for selfies and autographs. This was “Juppémania”, France’s extraordinary new political phenomenon, an unexpected outpouring of emotion that could change the course of the 2017 presidential race. The centre-right Juppé, who … [Read more...] about Alain Juppé: from cold, grey automaton to saviour of France?