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And four decades on, we are living in the world they created.Britain has the highest rates for divorce and illegitimacy in the EU.A typical teenage mum gets £173 a week from the taxpayer in income support, child tax credit and child benefit - but only £25 a week from the father of her child.The tragedy is that, in the long run, everybody loses.They bought their first homes in the Seventies and saw their mortgages wiped out by inflation.Others made their money in the Eighties and Nineties, and are now looking forward to a long, healthy and well-remunerated retirement.To handle the number of cases, the state gets bigger; to fund the benefit system, the taxpayer forks out. Research shows children of single parents are more likely to do badly at school, suffer poor health and be unemployed as they grow up.
It was the baby boomers, with their 'me generation' values, who spearheaded the sweeping social changes of the late Sixties and Seventies, when the illegitimacy rate almost doubled from seven to 13 per cent, the annual abortion tally leapt from 24,000 to 170,000, and the divorce rate almost quadrupled.
In 1947, the birth rate hit an unprecedented one million a year and, though it dipped in the next ten years, it reached another one million peak in 1964, before entering a long decline.
Those lucky enough to have been teenagers when the Beatles were in their heyday were born at just the right time to reap the benefits of the generation.
The figures showing our terrifying national debt are well known.
In January alone, the Treasury borrowed a staggering £4.3 billion, putting it on course for a record £178 billion deficit by the end of the year.