There is an interesting debate going on in the comment section of the Daily Telegraph. One of the posts is:
You cannot live forever.. Attempting to extend life expectancy for
people who should have died years ago just racks up the bill "which is
already oppressive" and continues to make the population / housing
crisis even worse...
Their must be a cut off point at which your time is up. And it must be set by population demographics not by condition.
are far too many elderly in the UK for the tax base to support
something has to go, Either tax the economy and those of working age to
death or give Nature a push and drop the population and free up
Either way expanding pensions and healthcare and
continuing to tie up so many flats and houses on a section of the
population that has "to be blunt" had it is complete madness. Either set
a cut off point and after that step back and let Nature reset the
population balance or more pro-active methods will eventually have to be
used, The UK cannot maintain the current12 million "soon to be over 20
million" elderly.. The economy and the tax base of 34 million due to
drop to 29 million of working age cannot pay for or accommodate so many
Sticking your head in the sand and hoping for the best
will not cut it i'm afraid... The problem will not just go away and so
far everything the government is doing to win the next election will
just bring D-day closer and quicker that it would have been had they not
decided to keep the triple lock and not to means test. The deficit has
not shrunk "it is impossible to shrink it now boomers are hitting the
retirement pay rolls" the debt is increasing exponentially and the tax
base just cannot keep up.
That their will be a reckoning "and in a
time short" as opposed to many years from now is absolutly guaranteed.
The longer it is ignored the worse it gets and the more draconian the
solution. Sorry to pee in your soup but it is what it is and given the
voter demographics it cannot be fixed... The end result after the next
election is not in doubt...... Good luck.
As the write syas, sticking our head in the sand is not an option. The question is what should we do?
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