My modest proposal to help people on good public pensions put their expertise to use
TO paraphrase our great satirist Jonathan Swift, I have a modest proposal for preventing citizens on generous public pensions from being a burden on their country and for making them useful to the community.
I'm not about to suggest stewing, roasting, boiling or baking retired people who are flush with money from the public purse. While such methods would reduce payments, they would be a drastic way of achieving this. Nor should they be turned into human fricassée or ragout, nor "seasoned with a little pepper or salt", as the dean recommended in relation to one-year-old babies.
Being the fortunate possessor of a state-sponsored pension pot shouldn't be grounds for lobbing people into a cooking pot. Ravenous though the demands are on our wallets, civilised standards must be observed.