For weeks now I have been writing about clutter and in the meantime politicians have been assailed from all sides by concerns about the perilous situation of funding for social care for older people. Then it occurred to me that politicians from all parties are having difficulties getting their heads round the problem of older people. To them older people are clutter.
Here is a fictional conversation that might be heard in the Westminster corridors of power or in the pubs nearby, if only our political elite were honest enough to say what they really think. As judged by their complete failure to address the ageing of our society.
- Older people are cluttering up the NHS and costing us a fortune. It is only the power of their vote that is stopping us younger politicians coming up with progressive policies to solve the country’s problems with the growing number of older people.
- One idea would be to accelerate further restriction of health treatments for everyone over 75. What is the point of treating them when they are going to die soon anyway?
- We should also reintroduce Lord Falconer’s Bill on Assisted Dying. We have tried twice, perhaps this time it will be third time lucky. Goodness knows old people need help to make the right decision.
- Spain has been a useful deportation location for older people and criminals for the last thirty years. But we should stop paying them ” Winter fuel allowance” , when everyone knows it is hot as hell out there.
- What about sending thousands of them en mass to India, just like the recent TV programme “The Real Marigold Hotel”. What a clever idea of the Government to sponsor the making of that programme. In fact they could turn it into a Russian style program and use the overseas aid budget for transportation for everyone over 75. They might think they were going on holiday.
- This could be a big style “Brexit exit”. If lots of older people were helped to emigrate it could solve our nett immigration problem. Who knows, they could just go over the border to an independent Scotland, where old peoples’ health and social care is free.
- Another thought would be to ban all people over 75 from driving. That would cut pollution, reduce car imports, speed up the remaining traffic and make better use of all the empty seats on subsidised buses.
- We mustn’t forget to disenfranchise them before doing any of this so they can’t vote down these progressive policies.
- Of course we will have to exempt all the members of the House of Lords from these ideas 🙂