SO WE got our sums wrong. Or at least the actuaries did, along with a few politicians. The cost of brushing granny's teeth will be far greater than anyone imagined. We knew the population was ageing, but underestimated the scale of mass dotage. Given our national propensity for physical neglect - ie, smoking, square-sausage consumption and sedentary telly addiction - it was rather optimistic to imagine a future of abseiling and aqua-aerobics for octogenarians. Not only will more of us live to be old, we will creak more than we thought.
Dodgy demographics mean the cost of free personal care for the elderly will exceed the amount set aside in the nation's biscuit tin. You pay for your principles.