Re: "As a pensioner myself, I note the broad sweeping claim"
...as a not quite pensioner I noticed the 'if they say' condition on the punching, so you'll be alright.
I've puzzled over what mythical golden age the older voters thought they were voting for. I remember a pre-EU England racist from top to bottom, police happy to beat confessions out of the innocent while collaborating with crooks, governments little better, a society riddled with class discrimination. Even if the EU did nothing to improve that why the hell does anyone want to vote in scum that would recreate that world if they got the chance?