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When Alf Young (Perspective, 15 June) and the Bishop of London, the Rt Reverend Richard Chartres, “bang-on” about the same subject it is worth taking note and inter-generational inequality has become a national preoccupation.

Three years ago, David Willetts tackled the same subject in his well-received book, The Pinch: how the Baby Boomers stole their children’s future. Although many are persuaded by the “generation war” thesis, I think we are in danger of being swept up by the “half truths and distortions” of this febrile anti-boomer mood.

Is Generation Y really facing a uniquely bleak future of dwindling resources and debt-driven austerity, or have all generations had to face their own brand adversity?

The collapse of state schooling meant I – like many other boomers – educated my children privately and future university fees require me to fill my grandchildren’s Junior ISAs. These are private commitments I gladly undertake, but basing policy on complex issues such as climate change on the vague notion of inter-generational equity is a step too far.

Dr John Cameron

St Andrews, Fife

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