Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Totally out of touch
This is David Willetts, Minister of State for Universities and Science and, in my own humble opinion, a complete and utter cunt.
Willetts thinks that people in their 60s should go back to university to retrain because they will be expected to work for years longer before retirement. He thinks that older people who do this will be more employable and valued by their employers. He's living in complete cloud cuckoo land.
Firstly, having worked for 40 odd years, are we not entitled to take our hard earned cash and settle down to a bit of R&R in our twilight years? Apparently not, because having made provision for our retirement, the government has slashed interest rates to the point where we've fuck all left to live on.
Secondly, has Mr Willetts not noticed that companies these days are being run by hungry young twenty and thirty somethings working hard for their first burn out? Ageism might be illegal, but you try getting one of these little bastards to offer a job to an old fart. Let's face it, the old fart can do their job better than them and they know it.
Thirdly, having become an expert at what I do because of the many years experience I have gathered, why would I want to retrain to do something entirely different in which I have no experience at all. Would this not make me less employable rather than more employable?
Fourthly, he wants us to 'go back' to university. Does he not realise that many of us never went to university in the first place. Just because this silver spooned toffee nosed Tory twit got himself a degree, why does he assume that we all got one?
And then there's the question of tuition fees. You remember them Mr willetts? After all your government increased them.
As Dot Gibson, general secretary of the National Pensioners Convention, told the Telegraph: "Older workers still face the barrier of age discrimination. It's difficult to see how building up a debt of nearly £30,000 in university fees is going to help them get a job."
Let's face it - it's not much of an investment at our age is it?