Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Too old to stop working

Those who rule Britain are saying that the state pension threshold age must be raised to seventy. Our other western democracies are sure to follow suit. This, they tell their subjects, is due to those subjects living too inconveniently long and is due to “a lack of knowledge about how to save” and to a “decline in generous company pension schemes” etc.. It has nothing, of course, to do with the fact that we are simply hard up and no longer able to afford pensions. And no fault attaches to those who’ve spent the past fifty years obtaining money, power and prestige by softening the brain of society to such an extent that all our hard-earned wealth has been allowed to seep away into the sandy desserts of the Middle East.