Presentation of the Grey Pride petition calling for a Minister for Older People to Downing Street

Following 137,000 people signing the Grey Pride petition, a delegation went to 10 Downing Street on Monday 28 November 2011 to call for a Minister for Older People.
See what supporters, including Esther Rantzen and Liz Kendall MP, have to say about the campaign and why they are backing Grey Pride.

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Comment by Michael Thompson on November 29, 2012 at 21:00

We spend money around the world without batting an eye lid, yet older people are a problem ??????

Esther Rantzen should be making the case for the restoration of the State pensions link with male average earnings, and stop all this patronizing bunkum.  Put me in front of a camera and watch out !

Comment by Richard Alexandar on January 31, 2012 at 11:20

Hello Grey Pride/Anchor,

Meanwhile, please read and digest the research posted by Kevin. You need to know what's in there more than anybody.

Comment by Grey Pride on January 31, 2012 at 10:26

Hi Richard - really glad you are so supportive of the video and hope you'll share it with everyone you know.

We are currently looking into updating this site to help all Grey Pride members know what they can do to help spread the word and support our campaign. It's brilliant hearing what everyone has to say but it's also clear many of your guys would like to "take part" when possible, so keep your eyes peeled for news over the next week or so :)

Comment by Richard Alexandar on January 31, 2012 at 0:29

Watching that for the first time, I wish I could have been there. Everything about the video is positive, and we need to keep confidently pressing for our special minister. Nobody, no charity, government or corporation has actually got to grips with the sheer diversity of the age group (I'm thinking over 60).

I'm not sure anybody ever will. There are so many divides between religious, ethnic, class, political leanings. I'm not even sure our age group will itself unite, when voters tend to stick to their traditional loyalties, instead of taking a fresh overview.

Comment by Susan Croft on January 25, 2012 at 21:44

What a great day that was, To be chosen to help present the petition. I wonder if Mr. Cammeron has even looked at the petition yet??

Comment by Michael Thompson on January 18, 2012 at 11:01

The right wing since Thatcher, dont care about the old.  It is an arrogance at work here.  The State pension link with British prosperity was cut by Margaret Thatcher in 1980, because the Tory right wing dont believe in the State, or the role it plays in our society.


UK pensioners have been marginalised and descriminated against since the 80's, via low State pensions and demeaning means tested handouts, because successive right wing government's do not value old age, all this has nothing to do with expense, it has everything to do with ideoligy.


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