Saturday 24 June 2017

Entitled brats? It's not millennials who destroyed the world economy

A man protests outside the Lehman Brothers building in New York on September 15, 2008, as the bank filed for bankruptcy. The previous generation allowed zero-regulation capitalism to run rampant Photo: REUTERS/Joshua Lott
A man protests outside the Lehman Brothers building in New York on September 15, 2008, as the bank filed for bankruptcy. The previous generation allowed zero-regulation capitalism to run rampant Photo: REUTERS/Joshua Lott
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Young people today are derided by older generations as being entitled brats, but the truth is that it is the middle-aged and pensioners who are spoiled rotten in our society.

Last week, the Economic Social and Research Institute (ESRI) released a report confirming what most of us should already know - young people have been disproportionately affected by the recession.

Measuring quality of life using 11 separate indicators - including income poverty, housing quality problems, inability to afford basic goods - it found those aged between 18 and 30 are nearly twice as likely than those aged over 65 to experience multiple problems.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Don't Miss