The budget announced by UK chancellor George Osborne has been widely reported as appealing to pensioners and savers. Some measures, such as pensioner bonds, will indeed help sizeable numbers of older people. Yet for many people over retirement age, it is will not be good news overall.
Today (24 October), a man with a substantial pension and a seat in the Lords demonstrated either his ignorance of, or indifference to, values which almost all cultures understand as underpinning the cohesion of a decent society.
Gordon Brown has annoyed pensioners, environment campaigners, trade unionists, anti-poverty activists and his own backbenchers by refusing to impose a windfall tax on energy companies and give more support to the fuel-poor.