I’m not having this demonisation of William Hague, who is leaving office today at the ripe “old”age of 53. Hague is a top man and a voice of sanity in a UKIPutous world
He is leaving Government so that “Dave” Cameron can show his populist muscles off by employing a right wing nit-wit (Hammond) who will defuse Farage.
So good sense will be replaced by populist clamour and we will throw yet more toys out of the euro-pram, to the great amusement of our European neighbours.
By happier coincidence, yesterday also saw the Cornonation of Tsar Ros, in the secular Cathedral of 1 Coleman St. (all doff your caps- it was in the Legal & General boardroom).
My previous blog was quite nice enough about Ros , but I’m going to be nicer still by reminding her detractors, that her Tsarness is doing her work PRO BONO, which won’t be pleasing Mr Altmann too much (get a proper job woman!).
Like Hague, our new Tsar is of a certain age, she is not male and judging by her French tan, she is unlikely to be pale for some time.
If Hague was being kicked out for being “stale”, past his sell-by-date, perhaps Ros can find him a new job.
Yesterday we heard about National Express who have taken great strides to re-enploying older workers by offering them flexble working hours. Another firm mentioned talked of older workers as “gold-dust” while an organistion called Anchor (who I had not heard of before) spoke about older workers value helping the infirm and demented in nursing homes.
One contributor at an excellent ILC event, demanded more positive storylines about older workers in what she charmingly referred to as “light entertainment”. If this means killing off Norris is Coronation Street, I’m against it -he makes me laugh- but Rita does it for me- we need more of her.
I’m not having Billy-boy Hague being drummed out of politics for being state and I’m not having this line about the likes of Norris stopping decent young folk from getting jobs.
The bottom line is that we create jobs by employing people who increase productivity. Getting people in this country to work an extra year is equivalent to 1% on our GDP. 1% on GDP means more goods and services to be bought and more jobs for youngsters- not less.
So the next time you hear the tired argument “fund your staff’s pensions, it’s the only way you can get rid of the buggers when they’re over the hill” stop and think.
Here’s my mate Andy, just turned 65 and like the clever actuary he is, he’s decided to put off drawing his “old age pension”, because until 2016 you’ll get an extra 10.4% interest for doing so! Andy will be championing all kinds of pension causes for as long as he treads the planet.
He will because, like Ros and me and loads of others, we want to be treated properly when we get to the point when we can’t look after ourselves.
Britian is a kind and fair country which intends to look after its elderly population. Ros is a kind and fair person who champions the causes of those in elder years. There are many like her, the great Dr Deborah Price, Sally Greengross of the ILC,
and yes there are a lot of women else.
And there’s Kevin Wesbroom with the halo over his head (to prove you can be male and saintly)
Infact the Guardian recently published an article that was no more than a string of positive images of older people that you can look at here
I look forward to the day when the the state pension age is a milestone not a buffer, when people approach their mid-sixties calculating how much they want to work, not how much they need to work or worse still- whether there is work for them to do.
I look forward to taking a later life gap year when work doesn’t come into it and I can sit back and consider my options with a degree of financial comfort
And I very much hope that the current formulation of “male, pale and stale”, will be taken out of the political and social lexicon. Frankly Britain is better than that.