Thursday, April 06, 2006

TOY BOY and Pensions

OK … so I,m not Demi Moore and Kev isn't really a toy boy. He's 57(ish). He's got 8 more years to go before he gets his state pension at 65. By that time I may have run off with that old chap who reads the Daily Mirror in Wetherspoons at lunch time.

This doesn't sound like me, but it's not really equal ops is it? I do feel a bit sorry for the poor chaps who have to work for five extra years. Eileen's bloke is a real, genuine toy boy (sorry I hate that expression). He’s just turned 40 and Eileen is the same age as Kev. Can’t begin to think how old she’ll be when he retires. She gave up work last year ´cos she couldn´t stand it any more. She´s no money but at least she´ll stop taking the tablets soon.

How lucky I am to be one of the last people to get a state pension whilst I’m still young enough to enjoy it.

Apparently Bismarck introduced a form of pension in Germany in 18something or other. Previously, everyone had to work ‘til they dropped. In UK pensions (for over 65s) weren’t introduced until 1925. As life expectancy was 56 it wasn’t really all that generous was it?

So they are a recent and soon to be extinct phenomenon.

I think of this when I go to my local Sainsbury’s Metro where all the students shop. There’s an old codger there on the till who’s OK but not very quick or efficient. He always looks a bit dejected. He’s not working for the buzz or the job satisfaction. He’s poor. He needs the money to live. Just like the local students who work beside him.
Still - good for Sainsbury’s who employ him. It seems that most firms don’t like any wrinkles in sight. Sometimes I don’t blame them. I’m a bit ageist myself.



Blogger SL said...

Meant purely in jest...

...but there's a lot to be said for the saying "Old people! Should be shot at birth!"


2:49 pm  
Anonymous Blue Witch said...

You're right.
No-one will *ever* have it as good as today's pensioners.

It's just a shame that a few more people past state-retirement age don't realise it when they're moaning about this or that.

5:33 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Not all of today's pensioners have it so good. But the future's pensioners have no excuse.... we've been warned for ages that it won't be any good unless we do something about it for ourselves.

8:39 pm  
Blogger Betty said...

My in-laws seem to have about 5 holidays a year and endless mini-breaks. In fact, they never seem to be at home and are always off doing something or other with their leisure time. Whereas, if I believe what I read in the papers, I'll have to have 4 jobs shelf stacking well into my 90's.

I just hope that all the forecasts about what will happen in the future will prove to be as inaccurate as all the predictions made when I was a child about everyone having masses of leisure time and working 3 days a week in the future.

9:20 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I´ll have to think about that one - quite subtle really ... doh

BW - I can moan with Victor Meldrew, but not about my freedom and pension

Nic - very rational way of looking at it. But, If I were you I´d get mad! I´m so glad I made all my contributions during my working years.

Betty: Whatever happened to the promise of leisure? I blame sir David Frost and Michael Parkinson.
Don´t worry, I´ll lend you a bob or two rather than see you stack shelves.

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