18 November 2005
NewLab to raise the pension age: more workers to get screwed.
The NewLab regime looks set to raise the retirement age from 65 to 67. This comes hard on the heels of the recent change that forces women to work until they are 65, anyway. If this happens about 20 per cent of men will not live long enough to claim a single penny of pension money.
When we last had a real Labour government in the UK, I can remember that the debate was about lowering the men's retirement age to that of women. How to do it was the debate. Would it drop straight away to 60 or would it be done in stages? I think that most of us who were rank & file members would have accepted a staged drop - say to 63 or 62 first. However, everybody, whether they were party members or not, fully expected the pension age to be equalised at 60 by the early 21st Century. Instead we have it to 65 and it will probably go up to 67.
To make matters even more laughable, Stephen Timms, the pensions minister, has told us that "people want to work longer". My arse they do. The vast majority of working class people treat work as a necessary evil that is accepted because they they need the money to live. Work is the most obscene four-letter word in any decent working man's vocabulary.
As usual the state's people will still leave at 60, with a nice, fat pension to speed them on their way. That may rise under the new proposals to 65, but they will still have a two-year start over the rest of us. Middle class types with their cushy jobs will also, probably, not have to worry too much. As for us? Work until you drop, folks, that's the NewLab motto.
Where are the protests? I know that Labour has lost its ordinary members, but where are the howls of rage from ad-hoc groups set up to oppose all this? People were silent when women were forced to work another five years: are they going to remain like sheep now?
Le't get Blair out. Let's use the NewLab constitution as toilet paper and let's demand that Clause Four, Part Four, of the old constitution be restored:
To secure for all the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry of service.Time to get off your knees, you men. The middle class vermin are laughing at you. Let's bring some fear back into their lives.