A martini and a medal: Martin Amis

June 8, 2010 wordonawing

Martin Amis was quoted January 2010 in the Times Online as saying the following:

The novelist Martin Amis has called for euthanasia booths on street corners, where elderly people can end their lives with “a martini and a medal”.

The author of Time’s Arrow and London Fields even predicts a Britain torn by internal strife in the 2020s if the demographic timebomb of the ageing population is not tackled head-on”…

“How is society going to support this silver tsunami?” he asks in an interview in The Sunday Times Magazine.

He goes on to say:

“How is society going to support this silver tsunami?” he asks in an interview in The Sunday Times Magazine today.

“There’ll be a population of demented very old people, like an invasion of terrible immigrants, stinking out the restaurants and cafes and shops. I can imagine a sort of civil war between the old and the young in 10 or 15 years’ time.”

Amis, himself 60 and a grandfather, added: “There should be a booth on every corner where you could get a martini and a medal.”

To read the full interview, please click here: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6999873.ece

As for me…I’m just glad that I don’t have to think about this…hopefully…just yet!



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