Divisive, ageist, rhetoric in the Guardian…

On June 25, in an article about under-25s losing Housing Benefit, we had dismal hack Ed Howker taking a swipe at the over-65s, bitching that “Young people will be forced in with mum and dad while wealthy pensioners keep their freedom passes.”

For a start, I know a lot of pensioners – hell, I am one – and I know very few who could be considered wealthy. I do know that those who are actually reasonably comfortable are more likely to have cars, or take taxis, than use free travel passes, not least, where I live, because public transport is abysmal. Truly wealthy pensioners are, I suspect, comparatively rare, despite Howker’s implication that pensioner is synonymous with wealthy, and his cynical use of “freedom passes” (rather than travel passes), to point up the “fact” that the poor youngsters are “trapped,” is straight out of the Disinformation 101 Handbook.

And, today, another moronic hack is at it. In an article about proposed free/discounted bus travel for young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), Gwyn Topham feels moved to observe that the scheme is “…still far less generous than the passes enjoyed by all over-65s.”.

It neither case is there any logic to the petulant bitching. Me having a travel pass is sod all to do with the guy down the street having to live with his parents until he turns 25 (which might well have happened anyway, rents being what they are), nor does Topham, the mendacious pillock, have the slightest idea whether or not kids will get less subsidy than pensioners,** as the details of the scheme are unlikely to be known for months.

**Which varies widely across the country anyway, thus making Topham’s wild generalisation meaningless.

Seriously, people, WTF is going on here? It smells suspiciously like a deliberate attempt, by these two journalists, to demonise the old in the eyes of the young (otherwise, why draw extremely dubious comparisons?). And these are just two articles – there might well be more. This trend bears watching.



One thought on “Divisive, ageist, rhetoric in the Guardian…

  1. coming from someone here who stayed at home while studying and didnt leave till the day i got wed on my 26th birthday, i see no reason why kids today cant stay with their parents either except for 1 thing. neither generation will tolerate the other in the majority of cases.
    and if the “poor” youngsters are “trapped” so are a lot of 25-40 year olds on benefits, and 40-50s,50s to 60s. no one is exempt and those under 25 also get more help to find jobs or train for them. dsss schemes are mostly aimed at them.no other age group gets to go on so many schemes,
    pensioners still need this help. just because pensioners are old and/or disabled does not mean they should be left to rot in their own homes.they still have a working brain (most of them) working bodies to some degree, and minds all of which need keeping active.
    and carers. those who do it for love or get paid the pittance of 50plus quid a week which is taken off their income support if they get it.??? if anyone deserves more help its them but all they get is this government trying to get them to do a job on top of their caring. whose going to care for their loved one if they get too exhausted or too depressed to do it cos they are overworked????

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