Spinning in my grave
Our gubmint has done something rather strange.
I am not quite sure how they have done this but in an act of extreme generosity they have given each and every one of us an extra two and a half years of life.
This does beg some questions however. Where have they added them? Do we wind our age back like we do with clocks? Am I suddenly two and a half years younger than I was a week ago? They can hardly add them at the beginning as that would either mean pregnancies would have to last over three years, or else the newborn would have to wait three and a half years before celebrating its first birthday.
The only possible way they can add those years is at the end. But this begs another question: how do we know if we have been granted those two and a half years? Presumably no one can die in the next thirty months and all those who are on their last legs and about to peg it will get a miraculous reprieve, but what after that? Seeing as no one [except maybe the gubmint] can know the hour of their death, how do they know if it has been pushed back for a couple of years and more beyond their allotted time?
Personally I think it’s another scam. They are once more giving the illusion of generosity. It’s a bit like all these “free” things they keep giving us while omitting to mention that we are still paying for them through taxes.
It’s all just spin.
It’s just a ruse to raise the retirement age!
There’s a rumour doing the rounds that they ultimately want to raise the statutory retirement age to 150. After that – full entitlement to a state pension.
Plus a free television license and a GP medical card!
and a BUS PASS!
You probably have to wait until the government sends you the new “Two and a Half Year” extension card although I agree with Ian. Retirement age is going up. They did it on my side of the pond so why not yours?
In previous times, a birth premature by 30 months would have caused a lot of embarrassment at weddings and a fair bit of tut-tutting.
Among the chaste (note my spelling) it could even result in a virgin birth. — and we don’t want more of those.
Gossip #1. I see Jessie’s youngest is getting married.
Gossip#2. Well that is a surprise. I never even knew she was pregnant.
Interesting that Ireland with its still-25%-ish smoking rate is seeing an increase in life expectancy whereas over here, with our < 20%-and-falling smoking rate we’ve just experienced our first drop in life expectancy for decades! I note that that particular comparison isn’t mentioned in the article. Strange that, eh?
Smoking and tobacco consumption have never been causes of death. Contributory factors maybe, but causes, never. Wait patiently, not only is lung cancer on the increase it is now hitting younger people, folks who not only have never smoked, but who, thanks to anti legislation have never been exposed to smoke. What will the explanations be I wonder? One thing is for certain, they won’t involve the motor car and they won’t mention the thousands of above ground nuclear tests that took place in the middle of the twentieth century. There is hope, remember what J T Barnham said, you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can never fool all of the people all of the time.
The truth will out, eventually. Waiting for it is painful. I wish I could be around when the penny drops.