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“The worst thing about our gerontocracy is its short-sightedness. A society that denies its young economic independence, home ownership, the possibility of marriage and children, is in decadent decline.”
Janice Turner, Journalist at The Times
In the midst of exam results season, I was about to prepare this Thought for the Week on a theme of guidance, reaction and originality as the three sources of inspiration for each new generation. That was until I read Janice Turner's article in Saturdays’ The Times’, entitled ‘Now the young are priced out of marriage’.
This article is not, however, just about marriage — or, rather, the lack of it (in 2021, 51.3% of babies in England and Wales were born out of wedlock: for those who think this was a pandemic blip, it’s hovered between 47% and 48% for the past decade). The article’s subtitle points to a deeper malaise: that our society is denying a whole generation from low income backgrounds the opportunity to find adult stability and economic security of their own.
She draws attention particularly to the combination of the high rate of unmarried partnership disintegration (53%) by the time children are just five years old, together with the fact that wedlock has become the domain of the wealthy. This combination makes it graphically clear why so many young people end up in the care system, and why it's so important to help them to achieve their potential in adult life notwithstanding such a chaotic start.
We've published over 250 of these weekly commentaries covering a wide range of issues, and you can find links here to the full list over the past five years.
The Bigger Picture considers the state of ‘Basketcase Britain’ while The Financial Outlook and This Money focus on inflation and interest rates. There are two Motley Fool Money episodes, looking at the Disney/Netflix battle and companies with great futures. Four episodes of Modern Mindset include one on university clearing, and there are our regular reviews of movies and gadgets — and please don’t forget to check out and re-tweet our podcast promotion clip for Gadgets & Gizmos!
Please scroll down this home page for links to these programmes. Also, for those who prefer listening on Apple, Spotify or Amazon, try searching for our podcasts under ‘Hrkn’ – a quick way to find us!
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In partnership with publishers Harriman House, Share Radio has produced the audiobook 'Superinvestors', written by Matthew Partridge and read by some of Share Radio's best known presenters: Simon Rose, Fenella Fudge, Glen Thompsett, Ed Bowsher and accomplished actor David Ricardo Pearce, whose ancestor is featured in the book.
Welcome to Gavin Oldham's full presentation describing his vision for egalitarian capitalism.
The main set of proposals are as follows:
Egalitarian Capitalism is an alternative to socialism which, while fostering and encouraging enterprise for all, acts to involve and empower people right across society and especially the young.