Now, you may have noticed that in recent times we silver surfers have come in for a bit of flack for pinching all the dosh from the generations coming up behind us. In fact, it’s all our fault that the young are so skint. You know, we post war baby boomers exploited free education, a tidy economy and equity rich property purchases etc etc
Well, an article in the Spectator by that uncompromising Warrior Queen of the right, one Melanie Phillips (she also writes for the Daily Mail and whatever your views on the right-wing press you have to hand it to her, she doesn’t pull her punches) recently defended our case in no uncertain terms.
“The cry has gone up: soak the hoarding OAP’s! Look at them! They had free orange juice as children!’ she wails.
“Anyone who has anything that anyone else doesn’t have, doesn’t deserve to have it, the Pinchists argue – even if they have slogged their guts out for it.”
An interesting point of view you must admit, but here’s the thing, as our Melanie points out (my paraphrasing): We old ‘uns weren’t brought up with a Welfare State that provided jam donuts instead of work, we weren’t awarded degrees for knowledge that is non-existent and we didn’t spend our days hard-wired and welded to the mindless ‘preening’ antics of Facebook.
We didn’t believe that the world owes us a living either or produce armies of fatherless children.A bit hard you may think but true nevertheless, as no doubt most of you non-Facebook silver surfers will agree, and let’s face it you are the only folk likely to be reading this column anyway.The young don’t read full stop, and believe me I know.
So, my answer to all this?
Let’s all go skiing (Spend the Kids Inheritance) and let them stand on their own two feet for once.
Then our hard done-by youth may just leave something for their own children to winge about.
On a final note, these days have you noticed how protective and ‘entitled’ young ‘uns are over their ‘inheritance’? When I was young, had I even mentioned anything along these lines to my old man I would have received a boot up the backside – just for the record, he spent all his hard-earned enjoying himself and quite right too.
As far as I am concerned, children are ‘entitled’ to minus zero in respect of inheritance, they haven’t ‘slogged their guts out’ to get it.
God forbid, I had to find my own way!