Quote of the Day – Congratulations, Old People

Young British stand-up comedian Andrew Lawrence tackles a current touchy issue:

If there are any old people at home listening to this I want to say: Congratulations. You’ve done a wonderful job. You messed up the environment, you plunged us all into this global economic crisis, gave yourself cheap housing, full employment, free education. You had a wonderful time. You sold my generation down the river. Now you expect me to pick up the pieces of your broken world. Ha ha ha, you disgust me, old people!

These days when kids get out of university with their degree and their five-figure student load debt, there’s no jobs for them ’cause you old people won’t retire. You just go on working year after year clogging up the job market. Then you do retire, but you don’t die! Why won’t you die?!

But thanks for tuning in.

Andrew Lawrence
Andrew Lawrence

[Andrew Lawrence (Wikipedia, co.uk), “What to do if you’re not like everybody else”, BBC Radio 4, 2010]

3 Comments to “Quote of the Day – Congratulations, Old People”

  1. Kev 7 December 2010 at 3:51 #

    Lol, pretty harsh on the olds but in a way true. But it is not on us to judge them about it, we should use the capacities they helped to develop to make the world a better and cleaner place. They also done the prework and now we have to continue and be good raw models for our children.

  2. nancy (aka money coach) 14 December 2010 at 20:32 #

    heh. a kindred spirit. (to me, I’m saying, not you, Jan!). @Kev I salute you for being a bit more glass-half-full than me. And in fairness, the boomers didn’t have the information we and the younger cohorts have.
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  3. Jan 14 December 2010 at 23:32 #

    Oh, I agree too. I actually had a talk much like this with my dad and a friend of his some 15-20 years ago during a dinner party. They were reminiscing about how society had really been built up in their lifetime. Everybody’s standard of living was better, roads were better, houses were better, etc. It became quite self-congratulatory about how awesome their generation had done in building up this great society for the future generations. And then I said “Yeah, thanks, but you didn’t pay for it. The foreign debt is going to be my problem, isn’t it?”


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