“This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England”
Richard ll, Act 2 Scene 1. Your Majesty, 1367 to 1400, we Thank You. Mr Shakespeare, 1564 to 1616, we Thank You. Otto van Bismark, 1815 to 1898, the best known gerrymander of the Enlightened era; the Enlightened era’s beginning was before Bismark; however, we, who came after Bismark, are still being enlightened. Please note: The writer of this essay has no proof the naughty WW2 name Gerry or Gerries, had anything to do with Bismark’s 1871 gerrymandering which brought together all the various German Tribes, sorry could not resist that, to form (dot)de.
Historical Note: “In the 1880s Otto van Bismarck set aside his conservative impulses to counter the socialists by creating Europe’s first modern welfare state, establishing national healthcare (1883), accident insurance (1884) and old age pensions (1889).”Quoted from: (www.history.com/topics/otto-von-bismarck). Every person, anywhere in the world, who has or has had any one of the life saving dignities listed above, owes her or his life saving dignity (ies) to Chancellor Otto van Bismarck. Your Excellency. We Thank You.
2017 – 1889 = 128. One hundred and twenty-eight years of old age pensions have gone past us and neither the English nor the Germans have yet to figure, it is money, an acceptable pension plan for the working women and the working men. Both Prime Minister May’s and Chancellor Merkel’s solution, apparently their only solution, is to higher the starting age for pension plan retirement, 60, 65, 67, 70, anyone for 90? Has it not occurred to either lady, every year added to the starting age for pension plan retirement is another year the newly educated, the fresh new ideas, the energetic, the problem solving whiz kids (grandchildren) have to stay home, unemployed with Grandma and Grandpa.
Miss Sophie Tucker, The Last of the Red Hot Mamas, USA, sang: “One of these days you’re going…. Well ladies if you two do not come up with an acceptable solution to the old age pensions, one of these days in the not too distant future, you will need to call out the Army to try and control all the Old Goats who will take to the streets in riot gear.