Iain Duncan Smith is a genuinely evil little man, isn’t he?
He spent years orchestrating the deniable deaths of uncounted (literally – the Department for Work and Pensions deliberately did not check on what happened to these people) sick and disabled people by changing the benefit assessment system to make it easier to cancel their payments.
Now the Centre for Social Justice think tank, of which he is chairman, is recommending that the age at which we may qualify for the state pension should be raised to 75 by the year 2035.
(Its previous big success – ha ha – was Universal Credit, which it dreamed up on the back of a fag packet in 2009 and which David Cameron adopted as Coalition government policy a year later.)
Apparently all the state-shrinking cuts inflicted by the Tories, along with the tax cuts they have given themselves and their super-rich friends, mean that the Treasury can no longer afford the ballooning cost of supporting an ever-increasing elderly population while the birth rate continues to decline.
Importing workers from other countries would have helped, but Brexit and the xenophobia the Tories have nurtured alongside it have put an end to that.
The aim, of course, is to avoid paying the state pension at all – to make ordinary people work until they die.
This is one of the reasons the Tories have been working to ensure that life expectancy – the age at which we may expect to die – falls.
They have succeeded in this aim, as David Hencke noted in an article last year:
“Britain is literally dying. Ever since the Tory and Liberal Democrat coalition came to power a 50 year improvement in the death rate year on year went into reverse.”
He wrote that the lowest life expectancy in April 2018 was in Glasgow, Blackpool, Dundee, West Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire, where men could expect to live until the age of 75.4 at the most.
Under Iain Duncan Smith’s plan, that means most men living in these places would never draw the state pension, despite having paid into it for the whole of their working lives.
Well that will be the final nail in the coffin of the Tories if they do this. Poorer people in areas like Blackpool and Glasgow will be long dead before they reach pension age. No doubt that is what wealthy Iain Duncan Smith intends to avoid paying more tax himself. https://t.co/rMmEQKr429
— David Hencke (@davidhencke) August 17, 2019
As comedian George Carlin told Americans, the same now applies in the UK: “They’re coming for your social security money, they’re coming for your retirement money. They want it back.”
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