Britain Is An Ageist Society

Vernon Coleman

Here's a true news story from Britain 23rd October 2007:

A man who left a 96-year-old war veteran blind in one eye after attacking him on a packed train was given a three year supervision order. The man, who launched an unprovoked attack on the 96-year-old in Croydon, South London, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm after the attack was caught on closed circuit television.

Now, try replacing the words `96-year-old war veteran' in the first sentence with these alternatives:

1. A 35-year-old American banker with connections to the White House.
2. Gordon Brown's wife.
3. Prince Harry.
4. A six-year-old girl.
5. Tony Blair's former flat mate
6. A policeman.

If that doesn't convince you to suspect that Britain is an ageist society then nothing will.

Copyright Vernon Coleman October 23rd 2007