When you’ve had tens of thousands of pounds taken away by the Conservatives in a historic injustice that they won’t correct, voting Labour for £58 billion in compensation is a no-brainer.
It might even cost Boris Johnson the general election.
Mr Johnson has exhibited a callous indifference to the plight of the so-called WASPIs (Women Against State Pension Inequality):
WASPI woman: You stole my pension
Boris Johnson: I’ll be honest – there’s nothing I can do for you, please leave me alone. pic.twitter.com/80dqQYWLAU
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) November 23, 2019
Don’t be mollified by his tone; it is simply an attempt to mask the fact that he is quite happy to plunge millions into poverty by stealing the pensions they have spent decades funding and to which they are entitled.
Labour, on the other hand, is offering compensation.
The party agrees with the WASPI women that the decision to change their pension age without giving them proper notification was a ” betrayal” that “left millions of women with no time to make alternative plans – with sometimes devastating personal consequences”.
The party’s manifesto has promised to “work with these women to design a system of recompense for the losses and insecurity they have suffered”.
And it says: “We will ensure that such an injustice can never happen again by legislating to prevent accrued rights to the state pension from being changed.”
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has added that Labour would pay the money as a “contingency”, comparing it with compensation the Conservative government had to pay to mesothelioma victims after losing a long-running legal battle last year.
Both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have attacked Labour’s plan, saying it is unclear how it will be funded.
For the WASPI women and the 3.7 million people who have lost money due to the pension age rise, this makes it impossible to vote for the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats.
These are people who have lost between £15,000 and £32,000 as a result of a decision to change their rights without letting them have any choice in the matter.
Even if they have been lifelong Tories or Liberals, that makes the choice obvious.
The Tories and Liberal Democrats are offering them worse than nothing; they are pushing these women towards poverty and debt.
Labour is offering them a way to avoid it.
Even if they have spent a lifetime opposing Labour, it is in their own interests to support that party this time.
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