LETTER: Don’t demonise the elderly

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We seem to have entered a phase of blaming the older generation for all society’s problems.

Apparently:-

n The baby-boomers stole all the country’s riches during the period from the 1960s through to the 1990s, leaving nothing for the next generation.

n The oldies all voted for Brexit and, therefore, are the cause of the subsequent inflation, commercial uncertainty, political upheaval and xenophobia that’s sweeping the nation.

n Their tacit, and active support for the Conservative government is allowing the continuation of the destructive austerity we’re all facing.

n It’s the old who have failed to give support to the wave of social optimism and hope being generated by the Labour Party’s resurgence and have, thereby, diminished it.

n It’s the old who are “bed-blocking” the NHS and demanding an increase in (free) care home places. Their ever-advancing dementia requires, and expects the young to look after them in their dotage by proving money and support services.

Do all these attacks indicate that the older generation is a docile and, therefore, easy target?

Perhaps they are being used as a scapegoat for the world’s ills.

I’d like to point out that our generation actually worked very hard to generate the nation’s wealth in those earlier decades.

And that today, without child care from grandparents and the support of that now famous Bank of Mum and Dad, many of the younger generation would be relying on state benefit and failing to reach the standards from which they’re benefiting.

As for Brexit: having voted twice in the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity (in 1975 and 2016), on both occasions my cross went against the “Stay In” option.

And as far as being establishment (read Conservative) orientated, all I can say is that, having reached my septuagenarian decade I have never at any time voted for a Conservative candidate.

The young may be claiming to have revitalised the Labour Party, but they are not the only group who are looking for change.

We oldies need to see and are actively giving support to a political and social revolution - if only for the sake of our grandchildren.

When it comes to being a drain on the NHS - all I can ask is: which generation started it; who enabled it to grow into the essential service it now is; who paid their taxes and national insurance for a whole working lifetime to fund it?

Also, may I ask: which institution is now selling it off, grossly mis-managing it and under-funding it?

(Choose your answer from: a) the older generation, b) the Conservative government, c) the doctors and nurses).

So please, can we stop using the old people as a punch bag in the popular past-time of “blame game”, and acknowledge that we have, we are and we will continue to contribute positively to this nation of ours.

Dave Johnson

Hayfield