We used to be rewarded for loyalty, and now we are punished for it.
I am not just thinking of the way old people who stick with the same insurance companies all their lives and who pay ten times the premium than their grandchildren do as a result, it happens in all aspects of life.
My local petrol station sets the price per gallon (or litre) at about 4p higher than anyone else, then issues you with a bit of paper which takes 4p per litre off your next purchase.
My bank, who I have been with for around 40 years, adds about 10% onto any credit repayments I may have to make, simply because I have been with them for so long. Maybe they are worrying that I might die in debt, but my other banks don't inflict such high penalties.
So in choosing between what I dimly perceive to be the lesser of two evils when voting 'in' for the E.U. referendum, I expect to be punished, and I expect my children and grand children to be punished for as long as the Union can hold itself together, even though the vote will have nothing to do with loyalty at all.
We are going to be punished whichever way it goes, but we have to decide who will be the most lenient.
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