Thursday, December 05, 2013

Work until you drop

Some people work until they are seventy years old and beyond. They are generally admired as exceptional individuals.

The National Pensioners Convention commented on Osborne's plans - "Politicians can work beyond their mid-sixties and they have got a home for them called the House of Lords. You compare that with people who have worked all their life doing manual labour on low pay in a care home or digging up the roads and then ask them to keep working. It is just not right."

Life expectancy has increased, largely thanks to the National Health Service. This is not regarded as as cause for celebration but as "a problem" by the politicians. The likes of George Osborne are quite happy for their own life expectancy to improve but the lower classes insist on living too long and they have to be punished.

The result of the change is not that people will actually be able to go on working in demanding jobs up to the age of seventy. All that will happen is that they will be robbed of their pensions.

In a breathtaking piece of logic, the i newspaper's "analyst" has said that occupational pensions will take up the slack. Tell that to any public servant if you are fond of the sound of hollow laughter. The same government which is attacking the state pension has effectively robbed the occupational pensions of millions. 

You can trust them as far as you can comfortably spit a rat.

And Labour, well cynics are saying they will follow Osborne's lead on this "fairer" system because of the sums of money which can be saved by robbing pensioners. The money can be used for important stuff like wars, bankers' bonuses and MP's expenses so it wont be wasted :)

We need a party of the working class.


Jeremy Rees said...

Totally agree with the sentiments but Doctors can be too keen to take the credit for medical intervention, the NHS aren't the primary reason for people living longer. Public health (not having Cholera in your drinking water and sewers - that sort of thing), housing acts, employment laws and welfare played a much bigger role. All of which this government are, of course, seeking to destroy ...

annak53 said...

Totally agree with your comments. The changes to the State Pension Law are discriminatory. People are being forced to work longer and to wait longer to receive their State Pension. Something they have contributed to all of their working lives. I would appreciate your support by signing and sharing an e-petition I have created asking to reverse the State Pension Law. Although men and women are affected over 700,000 women born on or after 6th April 1951 have been affected the most and will be again when the new flat rate pension is introduced. The chances are you will know someone who has/will be affected, whether it's your mother, grandmother, sister, aunty, friend etc.

Please show them (and everyone else who has been affected) your support by signing and sharing this e-petition:-