Re­spect and pro­tect our vul­ner­a­ble el­derly

Sunday Express - - SYMPATHY FOR MEGHAN -

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NE of the hall­marks of a civil­i­sa­tion is how it cares for and pro­tects the el­derly. This has been brought into sharp fo­cus in two sto­ries we run to­day, in­clud­ing the tragic death of Sec­ond World War vet­eran Peter Gould­stone just weeks af­ter he was at­tacked by bur­glars in his bed in the run-up to Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

The sec­ond is the call for a crack­down on car­ers who try to rip off the el­derly.

Both sto­ries high­light that we still have some way to go to bet­ter pro­tect pen­sion­ers and to bring about a cul­ture of re­spect needed in this coun­try.

It is shock­ing that a 98-year-old war hero, who fought for this coun­try’s free­doms, should be at­tacked in his bed – and those re­spon­si­ble should be caught and made to feel the full weight of the law.

Sim­i­larly, while the vast ma­jor­ity of car­ers are truly ded­i­cated, there must be far tougher mea­sures against those who abuse their po­si­tion.

So we wel­come Lib Dem MP Nor­man Lamb’s de­mand for stronger leg­is­la­tion in this area.

The value of re­spect­ing your el­ders may be an old one but it should never go out of fash­ion.

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