WASPIS IN PARLIAMENT: one of those rare occasions when I so wanted to be wrong

FIVE WEEKS IN PREPARATION, A WASPI COMMONS DEBATE GETS JUST 5 MINUTES OF TIME

SQUARE.JW.01Followers of this story will know pretty well by now my view on the Great Pension Welch: the Government is morally in the wrong on its ‘open government’ protestations, and is refusing to recognise half a century of dishonest actuarial fantasy. It has left at least 350,000 1950s born women in dire straits, and it has done so for one simple reason: it thinks it can bully them. For three months now I have been writing and campaigning not just to raise awareness of this, but also trying and get it into the WASPI leadership’s heads that they’re dealing with very ill sociopaths who don’t GAF about anthems and coffee mornings. I can only pray that today’s disgraceful Parliamentary non-debate will finally persuade them of this. But I’m not holding my breath.

Today in the House of Commons, the WASPI case was swatted effortlessly as if it might have been the irritating insect its name conjures up.

Two SNP MPs Hannah Bardell and Patricia Gibson asked excuse for a Human Being and new DWP Minister Stephen Crabb (via a pre-scheduled written question) ‘What assessment he has made of the effect of state pension reform on gender inequality’. This was Robocrabb’s androidenous answer:

‘Last month, we introduced a new simpler state pension as part of our wider package of pension reform. The combination of the new state pension, automatic enrolment, the triple lock, the protection of benefits and giving people power over their pension pots will ensure that pensioners, male and female, will have greater protection, security and choice in retirement.’

Short and not remotely relevant – rather like Mr Crabb really – the “answer” provoked Bardell into asking if he could do better than 0/10. He couldn’t. This time I’ve captured the relevant Hansard words so there is no debate about the answer:

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Two things. One, a billion quid is a leak in the Pacific: it’s actually a waste of money, because it won’t even begin to address the problem. It was gesture politics at the time – and now, we’re much clearer on the Churchillian nature of the gesture. Two, because not a single moronic mainstream politico has any ideas about how to tackle the problem, er, we won’t either.

Gibson repeated the reality of destitution, and was rewarded with this:

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This time, Waspi-buster Crabb scored 11/10 for drivel, -56/10 for content. Some beaut Freudian self-incrimination however: it seems that only in ‘the last Parliament’did our expense-diddling legislators finally get clear on the need to do something….despite constantly referring Waspis back to 1995, as if there had been a £40m mass-media campaign at the time proclaiming, “Aged 35-45? Time to panic cos we’re gonna shove your State Pension back by six years”. The hypocrisy is mind-blowing.

But for Crabb to suggest that the only solution is to put a “greater burden on people of working age” should surely qualify as lying to Parliament. I posted some time ago – March 22nd 2016  – using the Government’s own Budget Guide online – to show that there were myriad ways to reimburse these cynically targeted women without in any way harming the  the UK fiscal situation. Let’s be clear – as Stephen Crabb might say, because he lacks the imagination to get beyond parroting a Cameronism – in adding 50% to the National Debt in six short years, George Osborne has done more harm than a trillion WASPI pensions could ever do.

Labour MP Angela Rayner then used her gums to savage the Secretary of State by telling him she had held “constructive talks with the co-founders of the Women Against State Pension Inequality, or WASPI, campaign. We will work together to find a fair solution to the injustice that they and hundreds of thousands of women face as a result of the Government’s state pension reforms”.

To which Stephen Crabb replied:

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So then: a cheap political point to blur a broken promise so blatant, were the DWP and Treasury operating in the private sector, they’d be in the same hotseat as “Sir” Fillizboots Green formerly of BHS. And a Labour response so pathetic as to make obvious the problem is not one of responsible Opposition, but rather a level of Opposition that is homoaeopathic on it’s way down to sub-atomic.

Before finishing off this piece, let me ask a question of every open-minded Brit with even a scintilla of socio-community awareness:

What do you imagine the reaction would have been if, during the Election campaigns of 1979, 1992, 1997, and 2010, a Minister or Shadow had replied – on the subject of State Pensions – “it is important that every female voter in this country fully grasps that, if returned to power, we are going to keep working towards breaking the National Insurance Act of 1947….and make some 3.2 million innocent women wait an extra six years for their State Pension”?

That simple poser, my friends, is what blows the political Establishment’s cynical ‘1995 Defence’ sky high. The kernel of this issue remains as I expressed it last February: our MPs are asking law-abiding, zero tax evading ordinary citizens to pay – with little or no notice – for a demographic problem they chose to ignore for entirely venal reasons during five decades.

There is no apologiae that can excuse that. None. These are the same corrupt fatties who said and did nothing as 600,000 Whitehall troughers doubled their pension emoluments illegally. The same lowlife taking brown envelope cash-for-questions bungs. The same clowns making the disabled struggle even more while they fiddled their expenses.

Can’t find the money for mothers who nurtured families? Fine: here are some suggestions – levy a 1% tax on the wealth of the 3%, stop all RBS bonuses until they pay us back, and sequester Green’s yacht.

And finally….

A plea to the WASPI leadership: you’re not the bloody Calendar Girls. Get real or go away

A plea to the Oppositions: reach out, join forces, stop staring up your backsides*

A request for Stephen Crabb: grow a pair

A suggestion for the Electorate: start doing your duty as citizens in a democracy

An observation for Camerlot: you are living on heavily borrowed time.

*There are exceptions to that rule of course, but none are as exempt from the accusation as SNP MP Mhairie Black. She is an example to us all, and lang may her rum leek.

Related at The Slog: Waspi leaders back-pedalling – why?

15 thoughts on “WASPIS IN PARLIAMENT: one of those rare occasions when I so wanted to be wrong

  1. IMHO Crabb and the rest of his ilk have shit for brains . This renders them incapable of normal parameters of human decency
    Again I say, WASPIs ,what they have done with your pensions cannot be lawful.

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  2. Mrs. Crabb’s little boy is as splendid an example as we may wish of the theory that turds bob to the surface most readily when released into the sewer. I don’t care if his father claimed Invalidity Benefit, I don’t care if his mother raised a family single-handed – mine did too after my father died when I was six, but I could no more countenance condemning a generation of ladies to penury than any other chap when faced with a case of such overwhelming injustice. What really causes the red mist to descend is how utterly and readily this self-opinionated arbiter of how those ladies born in the 50s should plan their ruined retirement has surrendered to the Westminster self-serving, money-grubbing, empire-forming collection of arseholery. Still, I imagine his adroit switching of property in this direction and that has allowed a considerable quantity of the old £sd to gravitate towards that pile of the stuff in the corner of his spare bedroom … I hope that Mephistophilis allows him a decent interval to enjoy his illusory gains before the unforgiving account is settled.

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  3. I’m ready to take these BASTARDS down! Question is, HOW? I’m done, I am so, SO done now, John! They can do NOTHING more to harm me. They have taken my life, my very existence! They have screwed us up, screwed us over, beaten us, spat on us, kicked us, abused us…They have tried EVERYTHING they can think of…and it’s ALL because this Polite Campaign has been SO wrong! These people are fecking PSYCHOPATHS! They are LAUGHING at Anthems and Petitions..and whilst I KNOW that it’s all been done in the hope of something changing, they’ve been LAUGHING at us!

    The ONLY way this will change is to take them to Court, to throw EVERY LEGAL BOOK AT THEM and hold them SO tight by their Short and Curlies that we will have them SCREAMING for MERCY!

    How DARE they! How Fecking DARE Stephen Crabb think he can carry on in the EVIL FOOTSTEPS of IDS?????

    We need CHARIOTS, WOAD and SPEARS!

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  4. Class action suit.
    We’ll all contribute what we can.
    They’re never going to back down.
    Maybe the Courts will make them?

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  5. Thank you again, John, for your support, it’s such a blessing. This is just so overwhelming to ordinary, everyday women, it’s hard to know what to do or say to get TPTB to even listen to what this has done to so many lives, never mind care. This “life expectancy” ruse is particularly galling, some aren’t going to live to see their pension, they’ll be dead first with the worry of how to survive another 6 years. No notice. How could they do it really?

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  6. I suggest that what happens is that with enough PUSH by the WASPI’s they will get their pension. Here is the Wild West, the courts have been ruling that pension funds can not cut benefits. This leads to only one solution that I can imagine in my tiny mind. They will print more money, reaffirm the pension at the old number after having reduced the value of the currency accordingly.
    If the governments of UK, Eurp, US, Japan……… have printed and continue to do so, it is easy to make empty promise that they can actually deliver. A 5000 pound pension, reduced in value to 1000. A fat profit for the government to skim and still claim that they delivered.
    For those of us that still believe our governments help us live like human beings, try to explain their schemes to yourself. You will need a headache powder, but remember that short of aspirin, the OTC drugs in most cases, can not be evaluated or demonstrated as to how they function. They are sold because of the accidental side effects they can make suckers purchase.

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  7. If State Pension were an Entitlement, and not a Benefit, then perhaps the famous Gender Inequality would not qualify as the valid argument.

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  8. Macaroon sorry but I don’t think it has anything to do with the semantics of entitlement versus benefit or gender. This was a hard and fast agreement made years ago between government and people that if they paid money in , money would be paid out so many years later. End of.

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  9. This is the way forward in Law.
    I thaanngggg yoooouuuuuuu…………………………..Bow. Curtains.
    £8900+VAT bill follows.

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  10. Reblogged this on Karen2153’s Blog and commented:
    I so wish the waspi ‘co founders’ would not keep alienating professionals who have offered to help the campaign (pro bono). I fear it will be too late for lots of 50’s born ladies entirely, in my opinion, due to the very badly worded ‘ask’ and their refusal to quantify their ask, consider sensible suggestions from the supporters and accept help as it is offered..

    The campaign has been ridiculed by all and sundry for their singing and zumba-ing up and down the place and being too bloody nice! The ‘protest’ in London this month will inevitably go down the same route – singing and dancing whilst waving purple banners.

    Too little, too late…

    I just wish waspi had stayed where they started off over 12 months ago (Yes, over 12 months and no sign of even a option to take an early reduced pension) – a protest against the 2011 acceleration of the 1995 Act.
    Well, off to work – just another 3 years and 7 months until I can retire (66th birthday Dec 2020).

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