Brexit Secretary David Davis confirmed the decision, saying:
We are on the threshold of the most important negotiation for this country for a generation.
The Government is clear in its aims: a deal that works for every nation and region of the UK and indeed for all of Europe – a new, positive partnership between the UK and our friends and allies in the European Union.
Older people were far more likely to vote to leave the European Union (EU), and having lost the argument, supporters of Remain are blaming them, insult them and even arguing their democratic rights should now be curtailed.
The demographic divide in last week’s vote was stark.
The more working class, poor, old and uneducated people are, statistically the more likely they were to support Brexit. The more wealthy, metropolitan, young, urban and educated, the higher is the chance they backed the EU bureaucracy.
Of course, barely concealed contempt for the working classes, particularly the white poor, is nothing new to social media or the liberal press. But, the all-out attacks on senior citizens post-referendum has shocked many.
Headlines in the Europhile press have included: “How old people have screwed over the younger generation” from the Independent, and “EU Referendum Results: Young ‘Screwed By Older Generations’…” from the Huffington Post.
GQ Magazine went all out, producing: “WE SHOULD BAN OLD PEOPLE FROM VOTING”. Writing about “them” as if the older generations are some foreign species, the reasons given by the author included:
“The EU referendum result will have less effect on older people”; “Over 65s read the Daily Mail”; “There was no ‘golden age’ of Britain”; and “We take pensioners’ driving licences away… why not their right to vote?”
It’s hard to tell where the satire ends and explicit generational loathing begins.
Just remember before saying all of these things. You, too, will be old one day. And everything you have could be gone in the blink of an eye. So anything you push to this degree is eventually going to effect you. How old is too old? Actually, define “old.”
Old is usually ten to twenty years older than you currently are. And considering the raging depression some people go through when they turn 30 – because they are getting old – does this mean the vote gets cut off in the prime of your life? Heck, I’ve had a twenty something call me an old timer and I’m 36! I’ve been told I am far too old to do some things. If I was a professional athlete, I would have been expected to retire a long time ago, and had I kept going, I’d be called an old lady regularly, discussed as if my death was only right around the corner.
So please, define “old.”