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Friday, 10 August 2018

The Selfishness of Older People

Some figures appeared today on the BBC News website and were fairly rapidly hidden. Sir John Curtice introduced the figures produced by Survation and which averaged four polls taken between May and July 2018.

Asked how they would vote in a new Brexit  Referendum, 82% of 18 – 24 year olds would vote Remain, 68% of 25 – 34 year olds, 55% of 35 – 44 year olds, 43% of 45 – 54 year olds, 42% of 55 – 64 year olds and 33% of the over 65s. When summed, 52% of all voters would vote Remain and 48% Leave.

What the figures show  dramatically is the selfishness of older people. Two years on from the 2016 Referendum, they would still vote for a huge, untested upheaval in society, the effects of which will only be felt  when they are dead. Those who are still alive pretty much know by now that those policies will reduce the life prospects of those they leave behind. They couldn’t care less,any more than they care about the shortage of affordable housing they have insisted on as part of their birthright. And since the young seem unwilling to take to the streets, it seems that it is now too late to do anything about it

1 comment:

  1. Hmm, yes I'm not sure if it's about the 'selfishness' of the older generation entirely, that would imply they had some short term gain in voting to leave the EU which doesn't seem to be the case. Another point I think is that not all 'baby boomers' boomed. Whilst there was a meritocracy which elevated some of us into better jobs and
    house prices were not exhorbitant so that the average worker could at least afford a home, there were others who lost their jobs in the Thatcher years, not well paid who were not able to buy their council houses and later saw their tenancies compromised by the regeneration programmes. Those people have formed the backbone of UKIP as well.

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