Sunday Morning live on the BBC with Samira Ahmed illustrated perfectly a division in the UK -- between the old and the young. Esther Rantzen, now a veteran presenter spoke about the lack of elderly care in the UK. In spite of a fairly privileged lifestyle Esther encountered extreme loneliness following the death of her husband. She was 71.
What was obvious during the debate was that the other panelists, all relatively younger men, believed British spin that the elderly are riding a crest of prosperity. The attitude that poverty and old-age should go hand in hand appears to be alive and well.
Some arguments about the UKs lack of planning, which inevitably led to a crisis in the provision of elderly care made sense. However many did not.
If you debate the elderly from a position of privilege you may not realise how many people live. Fine words about families caring for their elderly are all well and good -- what about people with little or no family? Times have changed and these days family members are often scattered around the world. Still blood is thicker than water and families do often help their elderly relatives if possible.
However deciding that it should be down to families to support their elderly in old age could be disastrous for some. You cannot make sons or daughters care if they will not play ball.
Sunday even the fact that elderly workers no longer pay national insurance contributions once they reach pensionable age was condemned. Yet the majority of elderly people have already paid more than their fair share of NI during their lifetime.
It seems that having attacked many sections of British society the elderly are now up for grabs.
Deemed as worthless by many in society the elderly are no longer cherished. They haven't been for years. Yet in the past some societies have cherished their elderly. They have a lot to offer and have learned something of life, often the hard way.
The UK has a north south, rich poor and now it seems an old young divide.
The reality check is that the young are just old people in the making. The alternative is death. We all get old and many become vulnerable.
The elderly need warm homes, more regular health care and have surely earned a few of life's luxuries?
Sadly as austerity measures in the UK bite it is all too easy to look at others in community and begrudge any "perks".
Fair enough ask why the winter fuel allowance is payable to all elderly British citizens, no matter what income they have, but be cautious. If it becomes a means tested benefit will it have as generous a threshold as child benefit? Probably not. The government also appear to value the young more than the old in Britain.
It is worth noting that the elusive 1% who hold much of the wealth of the world are untounched by austerity measures.
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