Baby Boomers

Harold MacMillan (d. 29th December 1986) became Prime Minister of Britain when Anthony Eden resigned over the Suez crisis debacle and this ushered in the baby boomer years of the late 1950’s and 1960’s when life generally improved for everyone.

He led the Conservatives to victory in the 1959 general election using the campaign slogan “Life’s Better Under the Conservatives” and MacMillan himself is remembered most for his famous personal assessment of these years when he said, “indeed let us be frank about it – most of our people have never had it so good.”

So was he right?  In an honest personal assessment I have to say yes.  I was born in 1954  in the years of post war reconstruction and investment and at a time when there was genuine optimism about the future.  For me and my contemporaries there was no World War to live through, a free National Health Service, an education system that led to guaranteed employment and an expectation of a long and rewarding life.

My childhood was comfortable if not extravagant, dad had a career in Local Government and mum stayed at home and kept house.  There were annual holidays to the seaside, a sack full of presents at Christmas  and long glorious summers without a care in the World.

I liked to go to school, even though I wasn’t terribly successful but eventually I was able to progress to University  which in 1972 was an achievement rather than an expectation.

After three years of state funded education I started work immediately and followed my dad into a local government career with a guaranteed ‘gold plated’ (according to the anti public sector press these days) index linked pension.

I bought my first car soon after starting work and a first house soon after that, getting loans and mortgages was easy and I soon started to climb the property ladder.


I had my first continental holiday in 1976 and having got a taste for travel have been travelling as much as possible ever since and have been lucky to fly several times a year to Europe and beyond.

I have two children and two granddaughters. I have never been unemployed, sick or poor and now I am retired from work at fifty-eight years old and hope to look forward to a long and happy life.

So, was Harold MacMillan right in his assessment of life for the Baby Boomers?  In my case I have to say a categorical yes!


4 responses to “Baby Boomers

  1. Interesting that. And how much difference (gotta mention it as it happens to be relevant) that five years makes. I was unemployed on leaving university, first worked on a government programme to get people off the unemployed stats (what’s new there), have been made redundant twice, and don’t even want to think about old age and funding it.

    But I’ll agree with you on the childhood, that is a spot-on assessment.

    • Thanks. I am forever grateful for those 5 years. Those of us born in the early 50s and who enjoyed good employment have been truly lucky. I would even go as far as too say maybe the most fortunate generation ever?
      On a different subject – have you ever been to Siguenza in Guadalajara?

      • You must have been the last of the prosperous lot. A is only a couple of years younger than you, but like me, he’s been out of work. Can always find some for a while, but he’s been unemployed for months as well. Luck of the draw.

        I do think baby boomers is an interesting topic. I didn’t even know I was meant to be one. And then there is the whole first wave, second wave thing. I seem t remember writing about it on Clouds when I discovered it!

        Siguenza ni Toledo, no. Is that your next trip? If it’s not summer bet it will be cold though 😀

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