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Date published: 22 February 2012

60-something Michael Garside found himself so angry at the mad world we live in today he felt compelled to sum up the frustrations of the older generations in a letter to the Chronicle. Here’s what he wrote...

Dear Editor,

Senior citizens are constantly being criticised for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or a imaginary.

We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.

However, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was not the senior citizens who took: –

:: The pride out of appearance.

:: The courtesy out of driving.

:: The romance out of love.

:: The commitment out of marriage.

:: The responsibility out of parenthood.

:: The togetherness out of family.

Nor was it the senior citizens who took:

:: The learning out of education.

:: The service out of patriotism.

:: The golden rule from rulers.

:: The civility out of behaviour.

:: The refinement out of language.

:: The dedication out of employment.

:: The prudence out of spending.

:: The ambition out of achievement.

:: Or God out of government and school.

And we certainly are not the ones who:

:: Eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!

We do understand the meaning of patriotism and remember those who have fought and died for our country in two world wars and other confrontations in the world.

Just look at the seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts.

Yes, I am a senior citizen!

:: I am the life of the party, even if it lasts until 8pm!

:: I’m very good at opening childproof caps with a hammer.

:: I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

:: I’m smiling all the time because I can’t hear a word you are saying.

:: I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a safe place somewhere.

:: I’m wrinkled, saggy, and lumpy — and that’s just my left leg.

:: I’m beginning to realise that ageing is not for wimps.

Yes, I am a senior citizen and having the time of my life. Now if I can find my shoes I will go and post this letter to the Oldham Chronicle!


Holts Village

Getting back to basics

THE Chronicle has taken the unusual step of carrying a letter on Page One tonight to highlight just how much many people believe they have been left behind in the rat-race that has become life in the 21st Century.

The writings of painter and decorator Michael illustrate perfectly much that is wrong — not just in Oldham, but society in general. Our politicians could do worse than use Michael’s list as a blueprint to put Britain back on the straight and narrow — or have we wandered so far from that path that there is no way back and we are left to thunder on, out of control?



Send your views to : editorial@oldham-chronicle.co.uk


Wholeheartedly endorse all of the above. I hope that a lot of young readers actually take in what has so wonderfully phrased and take up the mantle to rid our society of all its wrong-doings. It would be wonderful to think that this letter might make a difference - but it wasn't me who took the life out of hope!

I don't suppose we can blame him for taking
"The Athletic out of Oldham" can we?

Is it not possible to get Mrs Abrahams MP to get this posted around the Houses of Parliament - and serve as a kick up the you-know-what to all the suited-loons down in the chamber?

Love it ! Well done Michael. And well done Chron for printing it. Is it possible to put some of that back. or is it too late ?

Yes as a OAP myself he as voiced what I believe is the thoughts of us all. But where does the blame lay, is it the parenting because children are not naturally naughty or disrespectful someone must neglect their upbringing.

I'm sorry Mr Garside but it WAS your generation who did the vast majority of the points on your list. The children of the 60s with their flower power & free love did virtually all of the points on the first list, and quite a lot out of the second.
Obviously not all of them actively participated in the creation of the socialist workers paradise created by the left for us, but they didn't stand up to stop it either.
Your generation voted Liebour in the 1970s wrecking the economy and

began mass immigration.
They had full employment & squandered it with strikes demarcation & work to rules; they took unrealistic unfunded pensions and made the next generation pay for it, they ran up enormous state borrowing and expect others to pay for it, then have the nerve to say 'don't dare leave any debts for our grandkids!'
The blame lies squarely with your generation, accept what you did to us with grace, it is after all undeniably your fault.

The argument (if there is one) doesn't make much sense. If you follow it logically then it means Senior Citizens are the generation who have allowed all this perceived stuff to happen so they must be to blame.

I wasn't aware Senior Citizens were being blamed for anything anyway. It's always been the young hasn't it?

"Senior citizens are constantly being criticised for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary." I rather thought that particular criticism fell at the feet of the unemployed, asylum seekers, immigrants and single mothers.

I am not yet an OAP but I think this letter sums u p how a lot of people feel. Well done Michael Garsid. Now perhaps some of our esteemed leaders ought to read this and take a step back.

Every generation seems to complain about declining standards. Societal norms evolve and moral outrage fluctuates, but the sense of nostalgia remains constant. Was life really better "back then"?

I'm sure when I'm older, I'll hear the same thing from my generation; well-meaning, but fantasising about a bygone era that never really existed.

Perhaps today's senior citizens should think back to the things their generation were doing in the 1960s and maybe even smile at the happy memories.

There's no smoke without fire! I blame Mr Garside for everything! The poor chap needs to calm down.

I am sure life was much better then SJm. I bet the people of Oldham felt much safer on the towns streets. How many religion/cultural/race incidents where there in the 1950's? How many drug dealers plied the streets? How many armed robberies? How many career benefit claimants? How many single parent families? Yes, i imagine the working life was tough but i also believe life was an honest one then. Give me the 1950's 60's anyday.

@Flake you are clueless i was a child of the sixties flower power and free love was something you read about.youngsters then had more respect for themselves unlike now.I never voted Labour and the older generation are the ones who are most against immigration and the way it is changing our country.

while i do understand were he's coming from I have to say there is a terrible double standard with the older folks. When you hear them talk they all say "in my day you got a clip round the ear and you knew it" but if you dare chastise your child in front of an OAP they will glare at you, then admonish you with words like "there's no need for that you know poor little love" of course when poor little love grows up a thug with no respect the older folk call their parents irresponsible....

Patriotism: The irrational belief that your country is the best in the world because of the accident of being born in it.

Patriotism is an excuse to defend the indefensible which if carried out by other coutries you don't like would be condemned outright as an outrage. i.e bombing children from drones. Terrorism by any standard.

The older generation got final salary pensions, decent employment, low divorce rate, low housing costs and free higher education. The young get high unemployment, unaffordable housing, 9K tuition fees, no future for pensions and feminists have destroyed marriage while the left undermined the family. You got to the top and then pulled the ladder up under you.


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