Does Politics Discriminate Against The Young?

Intergenerational Fairness

This is a joint webinar between Radix and Politika, our youth wing for 16-24-year-olds. In it, we will be asking if public policy during Covid and more generally systematically discriminates against young people in favour of old and, if so, what is to be done about it.  Covid has disrupted young people’s education, generating public debt which will take decades to repay, while at the same time wiping out many of the jobs on which young people depend.  And yet it is generally people in their eighties who are dying of Covid, so are the young paying the price of protecting the old and even is this unfair or just doing what is necessary to “keep granny safe”?

And more generally has the social contract between generations broken down?  Are wealthy baby boomers benefiting from pensions that the country cannot afford at the expense of their grandchildren?  Are older generations pricing the next out of the property market?  And will today’s children and young people pay the price of the environmental damage caused, and then ignored, by their parents and grandparents?

Is it because young people’s voices are not heard in politics?  Is it because they don’t vote?   Is it nothing to do with generational differences at all or more to do with other inequalities?   Or is something else going on altogether?  Is the whole idea of an intergenerational contract absurd?

We will debate all these questions with subscribers to Radix who include politicians, policymakers, journalists, academics, and entrepreneurs, alongside Politika’s followers and supporters – young people on the sharp end of this debate.

  • Chair

    Ayesha Hazarika MBE

    Commentator, broadcaster, award-winning stand-up comedian and special adviser to Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman from 2007 to 2015.  Presents her own show on Times Radio and frequently appears on television and radio including on the Andrew Marr Show, Newsnight, Sky News, The News Quiz and Have I Got News For You.   Ayesha is a columnist for the Evening Standard, the Scotsman and the i paper. She was also recently editor of the Londoner Diary pages in the Standard.

  • Panelist

    Piers Birmingham

    Founder and Chair of Politika. Frustrated with the lack of youth-led organisations to engage his peers with politics, he founded Politika early 2018 at the age of 16 and has grown it into a team of over 50 young people across the country from all backgrounds and political leanings. In 2019, he worked for the Big Tent Ideas Festival and is currently studying Business and Management at the University of Exeter.

  • Panelist

    Matteo Bergamini

    Founder and CEO of multi-award winning education platform and creative social enterprise, Shout Out UK, which has worked with over 1,000 schools to deliver courses and workshops on political and media literacy. Since establishing the company aged 22, Matteo has spoken at events across the world, has given evidence before House of Lords select committees, and was the driving force behind the high-profile Channel 4 Youth Leaders’ Debate in 2015.

  • Panelist

    Gordon Lishman CBE

    Chief Executive of the Age Concern Group and helped lead global and EU organisations on ageing; member, Steering Group to establish Equalities & Human Rights Commission; former Chair, Liberal International Human Rights Committee. Currently working on post-COVID social and economic recovery strategy for Burnley.

  • Panelist

    Louise Pryor

    A varied career as an actuary, software engineer and academic. She currently focuses on sustainability. Louise is President-Elect of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Chair of the London Climate Change Partnership and a director of the Ecology Building Society.


Online Event


Monday 9th November 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

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