Martina Devlin: Yes, pensioners deserve apology but not a free ride
We need some perspective on the subject of senior citizens. On the one hand is the view that they eke out a Dickensian existence, surviving on jam sandwiches and wearing fingerless gloves over their arthritic fingers in damp basements.
On the other hand, we can see some pensioners have an enviable lifestyle. Part of it hinges on that valuable benefit, leisure; but the disposable income possessed by a number of them, greasing the wheels of their free time, is also an asset.
A proportion of our golden oldies live in relatively comfortable circumstances -- after all, while they have health fears (understandably) the mortgage monkey is off their backs. This debt has been repaid by personal endeavour, I hasten to add.