Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 9, 2018

When Jeremy Paxman Came For Me

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew;
Then Jeremy Paxman came for me – and there was no one left to speak out for me.

It’s reported that former BBC employee Jeremy Paxman has decided to accuse people of his age, pensioners, of betraying young people and holding politicians to ransom and called for a ban on votes for the over-65s. He said “‘I think that my generation have behaved like spoilt children. And, like spoilt children, our response is “it’s not my fault, never our bloody fault”. 

He goes on “Actually it is, because we have failed to recognise the consequences of our behaviour”. He said he did not take his state pension and he lamented the money given to the elderly, including the winter fuel allowance. “I don’t take the fuel allowance and I was offended to be offered it frankly while I appreciate that some people do need it” he said.

“And I don’t take the pension. They’ve still got to be paid for by other people”. He admitted he was ‘very fortunate’ and was able to keep working. “I’d like to carry on annoying people for a bit longer” he said.

“We enjoyed free university education and a booming jobs market, and none of my friends had found it difficult to get work. I blame my generation for the housing crisis, for enjoying cheap property, while the young have struggled to get on the housing ladder. In that period between getting a job and demanding our pensions, we have sat on our arses and watched our houses appreciate in value to the point where property prices bear no relation to people’s earnings”.

He accused pensioners of ‘exploiting’ their vote by forcing politicians to focus on their own problems. He was speaking at an event run by debating organisation Intelligence Squared. “Betrayal is a harsh word, and refusing to recognise the consequences of your own actions is in itself an act of betrayal” he said. Those consequences according to Paxman, are a highly competitive job market, limited prospects and sky-high property prices. He said older people had too much power over political debate. He said ‘I’m in favour of limiting the franchise by stopping people voting at 65. The problem is that we demand things of politicians and they give it to us because they know we’ll go out and vote. They keep making them [pensioners] promises and in particular, they promised that they will improve their pensions.’ Since stepping down from Newsnight, it is not clear how much Paxman now earns.

But in 2006, it was revealed his annual salary was £240,000 for University Challenge and £800,000 for Newsnight. Paxman is indulging himself in arseholery. Rich arseholery too! Because in October 2016 he told the Cheltenham Literature Festival “I did vote Remain and I very nearly didn’t. Because there is a huge democratic deficit in the European Union and people really don’t like being told what to do by others they cannot get rid of. That’s a key thing in democracy”.

He could have fooled me! Poor muddled old bugger!  I wonder why I and my generation paid all that National Insurance and Income Tax only for this clown to tell us we are guilty of betrayal ?


  1. I pay the BBC tax every year (£145 ) under threat of prison if I fail to do so. It grieves me to see this money wasted on Paxman, Linekar et al. These people are paid vast sums of money by us and what do we get in return “insults” and virtue signalling tweets. Privatise the BBC. It is nothing but a propaganda machine for lefty luvvies.

    • I’m sorry to hear you are still paying, as I’m past the age for such wasted expenditure, especially on those you mention. You are the victim of modern slavery to unfair taxation. Parasites who read from autocues and are paid obscene salaries only for us to discover they avoid tax by offshore methods are the worst!

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