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Grantham Journal column: That age-old problem

By Dr Gillian Sutherland

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.

Almost every day now we hear of more people being criticised, losing their jobs and even prosecuted for allegedly harmful comments of a racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, homophobic or other politically incorrect nature.

But the one thing which nobody seems to bother about, except old people themselves, is the growing controversy over ageism.

Cynical politicians constantly refer to an ageing population when trying to explain their own callous policies of cuts and more cuts to the NHS and care in the community.

They and many other powers-that-be conveniently tend to forget that there is another catastrophic cause of these disasters.

No! Not what appears to be developing into the biggest baby boom this country has ever known, even following World War Two.

It is of course the continuing problem of the most prolific influx of immigrants being allowed to cross our borders and blow the population figures out of all proportion.

Obviously we need a healthy net amount of immigration to and from our shores, but the present crisis means we are surely heading for complete chaos.

A Brexit vote in June could improve the EU balance but I suspect we are not being given true figures as to the scale of “asylum seekers’ let in from the rest of the world.

Not only could this increase even more rapidly as war zones multiply, but there is also further danger on the European front should there be a ‘stay in’ vote in June, plus the added threat of Turkey joining the EU.

Another unfortunate ‘omission’ by the pro-immigration lobby is that a large proportion of baby boomers come from the ranks of newcomers for obvious reasons.

Returning to the ageing population controversy, someone once said that a nation which cannot or will not look after those people who have given the best years of their lives to it is unworthy of the name. I rest my case.


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