Why would politicians favour the old directly when it comes to welfare and the attitudes of the old when it comes to something like immigration? They vote. That’s why. At the 2001 general election turn-out among 18- to 24-year-old voters was 39 per cent. It was 69 per cent among 55- to 64-year-olds and 70 per cent among those over 65.

Sneak Peek: David Aaronovitch thinks that if politicians pander to the prejudices of the aged, we will end up with more lock ‘em up, send ‘em home, reactive-not-proactive policy.

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