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A Greek Tragedy


Dave225

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Martyn made a valid Post regarding someone being robbed while dead from a car accident and we are all ‘shocked’. However, have a look at this and see what you think.

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9187738/Violent-protests-erupt-in-Athens-over-debt-suicide.html

 

Some may say that is Greece and therefore nothing to do with us but do remember that history has shown us that major events can be started by small actions. The situation facing this Greek pensioner is being replicated throughout Europe and even here in the Uk we have many pensioners who are on the bread line and being punished even more. The ‘fat cats’ state that they have to share some of the burden but the same ‘fat cats’ manage to avoid it themselves. We are talking about people who have worked all their lives, saved a little for their old age and seen it all being frittered away. Will we see similar actions on the streets of Britain with pensioners deciding that they can no longer survive. I certainly hope not but possibly that will be required for the country to wake up and see what it is doing. This gentleman’s death is certainly creating waves across Europe. Will it be another Sarajevo event? I do not know. However, it does raise the question as to what all the sacrifices made by generations was actually all for, or will history always keep repeating itself?

 

 

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I am not sure things are quite as bad as Greece but it is an interesting point you make. Pensioners are important to politicians as they tend to vote! The trouble is that us pensioners don't seem to be very organised. You might get 2 million people on the streets of London in protest against the Iraq War but can you see pensioners doing the same. I would be happy to join in. There also seems to be a view that the bulk of pensioners do OK so why can't they tighten their belts as well. On another forum that seemed a widely held view. The recent budget changes affect that group of pensioners that just about pay tax on their pensions but the better off get some positive benefit from the changes. Its a bit like the 10p tax band all over again. At least then GB did protect pensioners by substantially increasing the Age Allowance. None of us know how long it will take for the basic rate of tax to equalise with the Age Allowance but it could be 3 or 4 years.

 

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Klyne - 2012-04-06 12:07 AM

 

. There also seems to be a view that the bulk of pensioners do OK so why can't they tighten their belts as well. On another forum that seemed a widely held view.

 

David

 

 

That is quite likely the view of ' younger ' members of our society who are unaware of how many of the older pensioners spent they're earlier years.

 

Food rationing until the early fifties, and national service, where some conscripts were sent, against they're will, to fight and die in Korea and Malaya,( for 30 bob a week).

 

In work they got a maximum of two weeks holiday a year,and, if they were lucky, two days off at Xmas.

 

So, some are now more comfortable, at the other end of they're lives.

 

Good on 'em.

 

 

Of course they can't go out and work to make up for the fact that they're savings are diminishing at a fast rate, but that's just a bit of belt tightening.

 

 

 

;-)

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