'The Tories are so wrong to attack the elderly… grey matters'



WHY does this government hate old people so much?

Wherever you look, Tory ministers are finding new ways to make our life harder.

They ignored the plight of care homes, abandoning thousands of unsuspecting elderly patients to the deadly coronavirus.

They’re taking away our free TV licences, and threaten non-payers with the bailiffs.

They failed to spot tens of thousands of women being underpaid their state pension.

They shoved us all into lockdown and now they talk about virtual house arrest for oldies.

If there is a second wave of Covid-19, they’re considering “personalised risk ratings” for everyone between 50 and 70.

This huge age segment could be compelled to join the 2.2 million over-70s just coming out of shielding, who would go straight back into no-contact isolation.

Tory MPs can’t wait to axe the triple-lock for state pensions, breaking yet another of their election promises. Their excuse is a wage inflation blip that might give double-digit pension rises next year.

This litany of loathing for oldies is the unwritten story of life under a Prime Minister who surrounds himself with yes-boys.

Naturally, ministers insist that they only want to do what’s best for us. But they never ask us, or consult us, on what we think is best. And they claim that reports of their big new lockdown are “just speculation”.

That’s not a denial. It’s what politicians say when they run a policy up the flagpole and nobody salutes.

Labour peer Lord Foulkes rejects the age-segmentation idea as “a diversionary tactic from No 10 to get discussion away from their failure on test and trace, and all the deaths at care homes”.

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That’s true, but it’s only part of it. The answer to my original question is: Boris Johnson thinks he has the grey vote sewn up. And you know what thought did…





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