Thursday 8 December 2016

My modest proposal to help people on good public pensions put their expertise to use

Published 06/03/2014 | 02:30

Pensioners protesting outside the Dail last year against measures affecting them which were in the Budget. Photo: Collins
Pensioners protesting outside the Dail last year against measures affecting them which were in the Budget. Photo: Collins

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.

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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.

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