Tuesday 6 December 2016

Don't patronise the elderly -- they mean business

Published 15/01/2012 | 06:00

Confusion. Memory loss. Poor judgment. An inability to let the left hand know what the right hand is doing. Fleeting awareness of mistakes resulting in mood swings and erratic decision-making.

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The mix-up surrounding the tax-demand letters from the Revenue Commissioners to pensioners has been disturbing to watch.

We should acknowledge, however, that the symptoms detailed above offer a much more accurate description of the behaviour of the authorities in recent days than the OAPs who received the menacing missives.

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