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Stop whining young people, you've never had it so good!

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June 17, 2014

6:30 pm

The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG


Jeremy Warner, For the motion, assistant editor, Daily Telegraph

James Delingpole, For the motion, contributing editor, The Spectator

Paul Flatters, For the motion, social trends analyst, chief executive, Trajectory Partnership

Katie Morley, Against the motion, personal finance writer, Investors Chronicle

Ed Howker, Against the motion, journalist and author of 'Jilted Generation: How Britain has Bankrupted its Youth'

David Lammy, Against the motion, MP, Tottenham


The media is full of stories that young people in Britain today are the unluckiest generation in recent history. Is it really true or do the millenials just need to stop whining?

While the crash of 2008 undoubtedly made it hard for many young people to find lucrative employment, the economy is now on the mend and organisations across the world are hunting for fresh talent. Far from being the ‘jilted generation’, maybe Generation Y have never had it so good…

Speaking for the motion were Paul Flatters, social trends analyst and Chief Executive of Trajectory Partnership and James Delingpole, contributing editor, The Spectator.

Making their case against the motion was David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, Katie Morley, personal finance writer, Investors Chronicle and Ed Howker, journalist and author of Jilted Generation: How Britain has Bankrupted its Youth.