Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Instant Society

Yesterday was Pension Awareness Day. The BBC ran a pensions programme called Inside Out, looking at the pension cheats and the need to save. It even had a cameo performance from Steve Webb, chatting to pensioners on a bus.

Joan is 93. In the programme she comments on the cultural shift towards spending now.

'Nowadays, young people don't know how to save - because they've never had to save. It's a throwaway society. They've never had to make do and mend like we had to.'

There's something in that. In our instant, 40,000 googles-a-second society, everything is instant. Saving isn't.

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