Big Babies - Or: Why Can't We Just Grow Up?

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 September, 2007, 12:00am

Big Babies - Or: Why Can't We Just Grow Up?

by Michael Bywater

Granta, HK$128

You buy a home with a mortgage. The mortgage has a variable interest rate - it goes up or down according to the market - with a fixed, usually discounted, rate for the first two years. The fixed rate expires. In the interim, the interest rate has either gone (a) up, or (b) down. Would you think it unfair if (b) occurs? No, you wouldn't. So why, given that (a) has happened, do so many people think the government should pick up the tab and, more importantly, why is anyone taking them seriously? Big Babies - Or: Why Can't We Just Grow Up? is pure polemic. Michael Bywater, 53, author of Lost Worlds, blames baby boomers, those aged 45 to 60, for the selfish, moronic, boorish and infantile world we live in today. Instead of behaving like an adult in expectation of being treated like one, we live in a 'Mummyverse'. We need to be told hot water is hot and revolving doors revolve, rely on advertising for identity, and live lifestyles rather than lives. Bywater's entirely anecdotal case is an excellent antidote to a world that needs to be told stock prices can go up and down.



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