A poll this week reveals that more than one in ten people under 24 think that George Bush is leader of the Commonwealth. It doesn’t exactly knock my socks off with consternation - indeed as a paid-up boomer I don’t think I could name all the countries within it.
But older people really do know about the Commonwealth and value it - 87 per cent of the over 50s polled by Saga knew that the Queen heads it up. Unlike gilded youth, they probably know where it is too as, just as boomers take off for France and Spain, previous generations emigrated in huge numbers to Commonwealth countries.
Have we found a San Andreas generation fault line? Boomers like to think that there is so little difference between us and following generations but here’s one cultural difference that sticks out as much as that hideous building in Kensington proudly built for the Commonwealth when it Meant Something.
What will be the equivalent phenomenon when we are twenty years older? The UN? The monarchy?