Students always have the freedom to return home
BEFORE starting, I wish to make it very clear that there are a large number of youngsters who do themselves and their country proud.
They are the backbone of our future and we should do all possible to nurture and encourage them.
On Monday, March 18, at 8pm, on Channel 4, there was a programme about pensioners.
The theme of the programme appeared to be a complaint by students of having to "tighten their belts" while pensioners (many with large incomes) lived on the fat of the land at government expense and lived in houses far too big for them, which they could hand over to hard-pressed students.
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This was backed by interviews with students of which, as far as I could tell, 100 per cent were from overseas. I would point out the following
Most OAPs have worked hard and paid taxes for many years. They have earned their pensions. What have these students contributed?
Many OAPs had very poor families and started work at 15. After that they improved their education, much of it at their own expense.
In our youth, we had to save if we wished to buy something and shopped and shopped until we got the very best value for money. None of today's instant gratification.
Many of today's well-off OAPs did so by building a business from scratch.
This often meant years of long hours and living like a pauper until the business "came good". None of this living off government handouts.
The idea that those with a large income at retirement should for go their state pension is wrong. They have paid into it and therefore should get it.
Besides which, 40 per cent of the pension will be handed back as tax.
The proposal that large houses should be handed over by OAPs to students is preposterous. In most cases these houses have been purchased by prudent saving. If an OAP chooses to live in a big house, with all its increased cost, surely that is their right.
Finally, I would comment, that the ITV interviewed mainly, if not all, overseas students who were complaining that they wanted more and it could be taken from pensions.
Well, we have another freedom in this country – the freedom to return home
Malcolm Bouchier, Park Row, Louth.
The Telegraph says
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