Bichard is best reason yet to abolish the Lords
When are they going to rename the House of Lords the House of Comedians?
I ask because an extremely silly peer called Lord Bichard (he retired at 54 on £120,000 a year) has said all pensioners, no matter how old they are, must now do 'National Service' because they are a 'burden on the state' and must face financial penalties if they don't.
God help us from such stupid people. I've got news for this very silly peer. Many of us did proper National Service, fought for Queen and country, which is more than you ever did, Lord Bichard.
Many people left school at 14 and 15 and contributed all of their working lives for their pensions.
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How dare this non- elected nobody speak such trash.
Do we really pay these unelected nonentities to come up with such trash?
Lord Bichard says older people are a 'negative' burden on society and compares pensioners to the jobless who don't try to find work. He told his fellow peers it would be difficult for politicians to sell the plan to voters but 'so was tuition fees'.
So there you have it, this foolish peer is not only happy workers are already having to face working well beyond what was the normally accepted retirement age but that if they don't do 'National Service', they will be financially penalised.
I think a resounding Agincourt salute is owed to this peer.
Lord Bichard is the best example yet of why the unelected 'House of Lords' must be abolished.
Perhaps our MP Don Foster would like to comment on why politicians are now demonising pensioners? He himself spoke rhetoric on the subject recently.
PETER BURNS Avon Park Lower Weston Bath