Why do OAPs allow their votes to be bought by successive Governments?

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Why do the older generation give up their vote so easy?

Is it the Free Bus Pass
or the Free TV Licence
or Free line rental
or the promise of annual increase in Pension
or the Medical card
or the age allowance

Why exactly?

Did you always trust Bertie? Was it that he was so charming? That he was so honest?

Why?
 


euroboy

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Perhaps it is the free passport that wins over their votes,
or the free driving licence.

Or just maybe, after all those freebies, it is because the state pension pays out get nearly 40 euro more each week than those on the dole and who have to pay for esb, for transport, for telephone, passport, driving licence.
 
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You could also (quite validly) ask if successive governments ringfence/protect OAPs welfare/benefits knowing that they're a core vote that will turn out regardless.
 

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Why do the older generation give up their vote so easy?

Is it the Free Bus Pass
or the Free TV Licence
or Free line rental
or the promise of annual increase in Pension
or the Medical card
or the age allowance

Why exactly?

Did you always trust Bertie? Was it that he was so charming? That he was so honest?

Why?
Try to imagine it if you are a little bit younger:
- free beer
- free access to night clubs
- vip lounge included
Who would you vote for then?
 

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Why do the older generation give up their vote so easy?

Is it the Free Bus Pass
or the Free TV Licence
or Free line rental
or the promise of annual increase in Pension
or the Medical card
or the age allowance

Why exactly?

Did you always trust Bertie? Was it that he was so charming? That he was so honest?

Why?
All of these benefits seem trivial but are very important to people who have a limited income. Most old folks vote the way they always voted unless their benefits are threatened.
 

euroboy

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All of these benefits seem trivial but are very important to people who have a limited income. Most old folks vote the way they always voted unless their benefits are threatened.

The cost of those benefits are far from trivial. The free travel pass alone costs more than 500m euro, and it favours urban pensioners more than rural pensioners who can't access public transport.

The free electricity costs about 170m euro, and the government could save 10% if it only paid the unit price of the cheapest provider. It could save even more if it targetted spending on those that need assistance.
 

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Because they have extremely low political consciousness, as evidenced by the ~90% support for the big two parties among OAPs. That will change as the next generation replaces the current one, but by then the whole western world will be redefining the welfare-state benefits for OAPs anyway.
 

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SO....every OAP has solely voted for FF???

Cop on...!!

CSO - News and Events : Press Release Ageing in Ireland 2007


HOWEVER...the reason why the GREY vote is so important is cos the greys actually vote.....
"In the May 2002 general election, 86% of persons aged 65 & over voted"


So the young might not be stupid.....but they do not vote like the oldies!!!!!
 


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