Would you like to know why France is on fire over the increase in the pension age there?
It’s really very simple.
Pensions are paid from taxes, and French taxes are progressive – that is, those with more money pay more in tax.
The younger the age at which people retire, the more taxes are needed to support them, and the greater the burden on those with the most money.
So the point of raising the age at which pensions may be claimed is to help the rich keep more of their money.
In France, where working people staged a revolution against rich people who wouldn’t share their wealth, that idea is anathema.
And that is the reason they are rioting in that country.
It’s a good argument. @LibDems MP, pension minister in coalition,justified the increase in pension by saying ppl would have to pay more tax to fund pensions as ppl got older. That argument never went to voters to decide. Especially the women born 1962 who lost 6 years.
— Danny (@dcole0007) March 23, 2023
France paralysed by mass strikes against pension age rise in ‘biggest mobilisation since '68’ | Morning Star https://t.co/W76YZA3Dji
— Samuel Miller (@Hephaestus7) March 24, 2023
In France, the emergency services seem not to be quite such puppets of the politicians as in England – so we see such spectacles as large numbers of police stepping down in order to join the protests:
This is what proper revolution looks like.
When the police get tired of attacking their neighbours, peaceful revolution can happen.
Author @RiveraSun says in her books that we shouldn't hate them, but show them we love them as fellow human beings, and they will stop harming us. https://t.co/onisEmmZTL
— CrémantCommunarde🧡🌤 (@0Calamity) March 23, 2023
🇫🇷BREAKING: The workers United will never, ever be defeated!
victoire aux ouvriers !
Solidarity to the firefighters in France joining protests against pension age reforms without democracy.
Les travailleurs unis ne seront jamais vaincus ! pic.twitter.com/feJVOFb607
— Dan Lewis (@Think_Become) March 23, 2023
But what about the UK?
In the UK
• Life expectancy is down by 448 days.
• Retirement age is up by 730 days.
We are dying younger & working longer.
We should be on the streets campaigning to lower the age of retirement.
— Howard Beckett (@BeckettUnite) March 24, 2023
We should – but you know why we aren’t?
Because the Tories fool so many of us by claiming that we can be rich too, if we all work hard. It’s a lie.
Nobody who worked for an employer ever got rich – that is, nobody who actually did the work, rather than being an executive, director or suchlike.
Wages for the masses are strictly controlled in order to force you to keep working. In the UK, employers won’t accept that people might actually stay in their jobs and put more value into them if their pay packets were a little larger.
But the pretence paralyses the gullible.
And that’s why nobody in the UK has been rioting about pensions.
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