The fact is that anyone over a certain age now realises that the government’s ongoing herd immunity policy, that is already unnecessarily killing tens of thousands of older people, shows that the government really does not care about those it considers elderly. This policy already makes it clear that those of about retirement age and above are now very obviously considered expendable. And this is unsurprising. Given that neoliberal politics in the UK long ago gave up worrying about how a government might provide for those enjoying ever longer lives I suspect that neoliberal politicians’ delight that this problem is apparently being solved for them knows no limits: they will only see economic gain in this. They will simply be imagining the financial returns as all those pensions go unpaid.
Isn’t that a weird statement? Given that these last few decades of neoliberalism have been the first time since Ur of the Chaldees that poverty among pensioners has been lower than that among the general population? These few decade s when – ending with that triple lock – we’ve deliberately and with aforethought, directed more economic resources to pensioners than anyone ever has done before?