Ageism in Europe
Posted by aogThursday, 03 July 2003 at 17:56 TrackBack Ping URL
Peter Briffa comments on the furor over Prime Minister Berlusoni's remarks comparing a German MEP to a death camp commandant. As many others have noted, this is considered a scandal while comparing President Bush to Hitler is something only Americans get upset about.

But those are the obvious points. Briffa cites another article on the events of the week that reads in part

No sooner have we digested the Government's welcome announcement of gay civil partnerships than we find Patricia Hewitt, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, declaring war on ageism.
Ageism. Would that involve saying that people who are 55 no longer have to work, as opposed to those who are younger? That seems quite discriminatory to me. Why should the government forbid private concerns from discriminating based on age when Europe is facing a financial catastrophe from government discrimination based on age? It seems to me that European governments could strike a blow for financial reform and against ageism at the same time by dumping their pension plans. Surely the EUlite will see the beauty of this plan.