Organized Old Brits ...
Here's a Press Association piece in today's Guardian that made 'This Old Brit' feel proud to be what he is.
How's this for a heart warming headline?
Minister booed down by pensioners.
Press Association, Tuesday June 7, 2005
Good on 'em, I say. Power to the pensioners. I just wish I could have been there with them.
Get a load of this.
** Angry pensioners booed and shouted down the government's new pensions minister today as he tried to give a speech.
Stephen Timms had to break off delivering his address at the annual pensioners parliament in Blackpool as hundreds of senior citizens whistled, shouted and slow hand-clapped.
The minister, appointed after the general election, was given a rough ride .... **
Well, wouldn't you feel angry if this was your lot, too?
** The "age audit" taken from the government's own figures, showed one in five pensioners lived below the poverty line - no improvement since Labour returned to power in 1997.
A further 1.5 million pensioners are malnourished or at serious risk of malnourishment, and the same number say their house is too cold in winter, with 22,000 people dying as a result of cold last year. **
So much for Tony Blair and his 'New Labour' brand of socialism. And this, after a full eight years in which to do something about this sorry state of affairs. It's nothing short of a scandal; it should be recognized as such.
** "We don't look after our pensioners in this country at all," said Peggy Runciman, 66, a retired machine operator from Birmingham. "We show no interest, some of these people have been through two world wars for us." **
Too bloody true, Mr Timms. Call yourself a Pensions Minister? Humphh! More like a poodle's poodle.
** .... pensioners attending the convention marched from Blackpool's North Pier, along the promenade .... **
As I said before -- power to these poor old people -- I wish I could have marched with them.
* ( Incidentally, please don't 'nit-pick' the header-illustration spelling. These old folk do their best. )
Here's the link to the full, pensioner piece.