It’s often said that there is pride before a fall, but if ever a bunch of people deserved to be proud of what they achieved today, then it’s the Women’s pension action group WASPI and the 158 MPs who pitched up in the Commons to vote 158-0 against the clauses condemning some 50,000 UK female citizens to live in destitution for the next six years, having been told for almost the entirety of their lives they would get a State Pension at 60.
There were several interrelated victories in the Commons and throughout this campaign:
- The victory over sociopaths in the DWP, thanks the tenacity of WASPI
- The victory for Parliamentary ethics over Party lines, in that this was very much a cross-bench vote. All credit to Tory Tim Loughton for a brave and determined demolition of the Government’s position.
- a victory for rapidly rising star Mhairi Black of the SNP, who walked the talk bigtime from start to finish
- a victory for pressure in getting nearly 25% of MPs to turn up on what is a minority issue. Believe me, that is a truly staggering achievement
- a victory over those who, on every issue, say “it won’t make any difference”
- a victory over the likes of Frances Coppola who threatened to get the WASPI site taken down, and demanded “corrections” to the Slogpost of last weekend. Compassion has triumphed over numbers.
But for those of you unfamiliar with the ‘level playing field’ that pertains between the Executive and the Legislature under the rules of the Eton Wall Game, the Government is allowed to call 158-0 a draw. As these gargoyles have no shame, Osborne and Dunkin-Donut will still try to wriggle out or schnurdle something under the radar…so all today’s heroes will need to carry on being vigilant.
THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT….this could be a turning point