John Harris

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The gap between young and old has turned Britain into a dysfunctional family | John Harris

When generations lead such separate lives, it damages everyone. We need deliberate initiatives to bring them together

Travel around the periphery of any British town or city, and you will quickly behold a symbol of one of the most painful modern divides. The average residential care home will be set well back from the road, seemingly silent and apparently cut off from most of the life of the surrounding community. When people who know nothing of those inside glimpse such sights, what passes through their minds? Empathy, perhaps, with a family member living in such a facility; mounting awareness, maybe, of the rising care crisis and our collective failure to solve it. But what such sights could also embody is the widening divide between generations, and people leading completely separate lives.

Generation gaps are hardly new, but right now age arguably separates us as never before. The difference between the generations on Brexit is so familiar as to be a cliche, and the same division seems locked into politics generally. Only a decade ago, the 18-24s narrowly favoured Labour over the Tories by 31% to 30%, while 44% of the 65-plus demographic backed the Conservatives, with 31% voting Labour. The Johnson-Corbyn contest, by contrast, polarised the generations as never before. In the youngest age category, 62% of those who voted backed Labour, with only 19% voting Tory. Among 25-34s Labour also had a majority. But in the oldest part of the age range, the polarities were almost exactly reversed: 64% voted Tory and 17% supported Labour. Self-evidently, a party system defined by age is a terrifying notion, institutionalising mutual mistrust and resentment. But if we are not careful, that is exactly where we are going to end up.

What do millions of us really know about the lives of people at different stages of life from ourselves?

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