SLOG SPECIAL: British Government grave-robbers, & 1950s female claimants who don’t merit a Minister for Pensions.

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BUT WHILE GOVERNMENT GRAVE ROBBERS GO ABOUT THEIR BUSINESS, WASPI WOMEN GO ROUND IN CIRCLES

mesnip18716 Far sooner than later, most fakes emerge in their true colours…but whereas it’s usually good to be in on the first blunder of every counterfeit politician, in some cases the ramifications for the victims are so disgustingly unjust, one gets only anger from pointing out the amoral compass involved. The Slog explains why Theresa May’s attitude to the female State pension heist will go down in history as a defining hypocrisy….and Waspi politics let her get away with an unparalleled political abuse of citizen rights.


The arguments put forward over time against pension restitution for so-called ‘Waspi’ women – UK females born after 1950 who are already being asked to wait for their pensions, and those from later years who face the same fate – have ranged from cold and cruel to petty and just downright untrue. These women have, variously, been told that “this was all made very clear 20 years ago” (a lie) “their contributions could never have afforded the pensions they’re due on the private market” (rubbish) “the most you’ll wait is two years” (a lie) “you breezed through life without paying attention” (patronising, petty and untrue) and the worst one of all, “there is no money left” (utter nonsense).

Do the pensions we get really represent value for money – ie, more than one could get from the private sector? No, they don’t.

The Government doesn’t invest our money, it pays pensions out of current account. See what would’ve happened had you invested the money yourself.

At a simple 5% interest rate ( for many of the years involved, rates were at 12% – but 5% is less than Britain pays on the money it borrows from overseas), by the age of 58, you would be able to withdraw 3% per annum to live on…and pocket nearly £27,000 a year.

You could easily afford to do that, because the capital sum you’d have would be a shade under £900,000. Even with Zirp in play, the pension would last 45 years.

So you see, the female State pension isn’t generous: it’s appallingly low because governments didn’t invest what you gave them – they spent it – and any excess funds from early death weren’t ringfenced.

That’s how fraudulent the Government’s case is.

But when it comes to “no money left”, it’s simply a convenient lie.


There is no such thing as “no money left”

Back in March, I went through the Government’s own guidebook accompanying the last Budget, and showed in detail how the money could be found. Last week I stressed that £3 billion was sitting there in unclaimed pension benefits. Now – via sources, and then handed to me by Waspi members – monies have come to light from actuaries in the past overestimating the survival rate of State pensioners after 55.

According to official statistics, the rate among women likely to be dependent on the State Pension who die beforehand is 10%.

At today’s prices, that would equal a sum in the area of £30bn.

Employers and employees contributed to the pensions involved, at a rate of 15% before tax charges. Together – even on a salary as low as £15,000, it comes to a sizeable sum – around £190,000. It was paid to the Government. It was never used in support of female pensioners: it was not ringfenced…..those monies were spent elsewhere.

Taking money under false pretences. Embezzlement. Call it what you like – it isn’t justice.

There is no money left because the DWP/Treasury axis chose not to give it back to pensioners on the breadline. It has gone because of a policy decision about priorities, not because the government gave all it had to give

That’s what these women have become….a low priority. Lower than bankers, lower than Whitehall civil servants, lower than migrants, lower than big donors to the Conservative Party, lower than trade unions, and lower than male pensioners.

The Government refutes that. Let’s look at the evidence of the last 48 hours.


The despicable relegation of a Civil Rights abuse to beneath Cabinet level

Harken not unto what the buggers say – watch instead what they do. A selection of tweets  from FT journalist Josephine Cumbo yesterday:

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It’s the usual dissembling and total lack of respect Waspis have come to expect. We start off with lies about priorities, but then demote pensions – one thing that almost every UK citizen will one day need – to below ministerial level and well outside the Cabinet. May gives the job instead to a wet behind the ears Oxbridge Lawyer with neoloiberal views. Not exactly what you’d call a new Prime Ministerial broom sweeping clean….more an I’m Alright Jack anti-democratic monster who wants to sweep 3.2 million women under the carpet.


Camerlot may be dead, but the Mayflower is on its way and plotting a very clear course. None of it suprises me. Waspis fed up of being ignored can now consider themselves relegated to the AOB of political life. The Waspi Executive can blather on until the Moon turns green, but events, discussions, rallies, meetings and membership totals are – as I predicted six months ago – of no use whatsoever against a cruel Establishment that treats its best citizens as if they might be alcies in the gutter of Skid Row.

I stated in these columns over the weekend that such things are merely symptoms of a malaise that runs far deeper than one ruthless woman. For women born after 1950, it is of course one of the biggest – if not the only – things in the way of them having the decent life they were promised  for 40 of the 60 years during which one lying politician after another told them their pensions were safe. But for commentators engaged in a long and thankless trek towards a more just life for the State citizen, attacking the symptoms isn’t going to cut it. Decent people have to be shown the road map, so they can make their own minds up whether it’s for them, or not.

In terms of taking this fight to another level, there’s nothing more I can do to help the victims of this Citizen abuse until they decide en masse to help themselves. In large sections of the Waspi movement I’m not welcome anyway, and many of those worst affected are the least equipped to conduct such a war against indifference.

This much, however, is obvious:

  1. The current leadership has persisted with a strategy thar has failed utterly to produce any redress whatsoever for those left destitute by the SPA ‘reforms’
  2. It is censorious and élitist in almost everything it does, and this leaves large sections of Waspi frustrated and angry
  3. It is in denial about splits and petty infighting at the top, but evidence of it is already available on several websites regionally
  4. The results of its softly-softly approach are there for anyone with an objective, functioning brain to see: the women they represent have been fed hope and given nothing; as of yesterday, they do not represent a concern at Cabinet level.

That is a catalogue of failure no Executive should expect to survive. But if the rank and file allow it so to do, then the Government will simply carry on treating Waspis as if they were excrement on the sole of a shoe.

In the communications sector and the media, the direction of the Waspi Campaign has become a byword for amateurism. When dealing with sociopaths, there is no room for those who think it’s likely to be a tickling contest….or even worse, a hobby.

The choice is yours. I will continue to post at the Waspistinger Facebook page and leave it up as an open communications channel. But neither I nor anyone else can help you until your own internal politics are banished forever.


Connected at The Slog: Women without food and the unfunded Whitehall fatties who put them there

25 thoughts on “SLOG SPECIAL: British Government grave-robbers, & 1950s female claimants who don’t merit a Minister for Pensions.

  1. I’m afraid with May & Co. it’s ‘meet the new boss, same as the old boss’.
    May was a ‘shoo-in’ for a reason, as I stated previously, on a few occasions I might add, we need an event of cataclysmic proportion to shift the current encumbents. I posted this recently:

    JULY 14, 2016 AT 7:52 PM
    Who believes that what we are seeing now, wasn’t part of the plan all along? Because what we have to consider is, whilst we might not have much faith in the present incumbents, they aren’t the ones in charge, are they? Those that are, are much smarter, and generally don’t leave any room for error, can’t help feeling that we have, once again, been sold down the river. Let’s hope I’m wrong.

    Well, now I feel I’m not wrong, we have once again been well and truly tucked up.

    Leadsome might have been to the Tories as Corbyn is to labour, and we can’t have any of that nonsense, can we? guff guff…

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  2. I would be really interested to read what actions YOU would suggest WASPI takes in order to succeed? In some detail, please? With suggested/hoped for outcomes as a result of the proposed actions?

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  3. Was your mother or gran born in the 50s?……if so ..be advised! She is being shafted behind your back!
    I think a lot more would be done for them, if say their future pension needs are are taken into account. Before those of wealthy retired British MPs and civil servants who have also picked up a nice little earner in the EU and commerce …foreign immigrants…….. the list is too long.
    Watch out ! She may morph into a new type of deeply offended citizen.

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  4. “So you see, the female State pension isn’t generous: it’s appallingly low because governments didn’t invest what you gave them – they spent it – and any excess funds from early death weren’t ring fenced.”

    And they put other Ponzi scheme operators in prison.

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  5. Mieke
    Have no idea if you are a Waspi or just a troll, but a few pointers/questions:
    1. Giving out endless ideas that are ignored is not the way to avoid madness and penury
    2. Especially not in detail.
    3. And using a crystal ball about outcomes.
    4. Ive been on this case and post eleven times in 6 months, doing mostly my own research, giving advice and opening an FB page for those left with nothing by the Executive.
    5. Do you have any ideas, or just insist other people supply them?
    6. Would you like a massage? Pedicure? A donation? Or a better sofa to lie on?
    I’ve explained myself perfectly clearly since last January. My interest does not run to working the search engine for readers as well.

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  6. I love to read the Slog but as a WASPI 1956 woman it makes me feel so sad. I have Twittered, Facebooked, been to see my MP. Attended council meetings, signed petitions, emailed government and feel that the powers that be are just not interested in doing anything to right this injustace.
    I have worked since I was 15 paid over 40 years stamps, have no private pension as I have worked hours around bringing up my daughters. I have a guest house so people think I am OK but I have Arthritis and I cannot cope with the work load any longer. The house is up for sale and if I manage to sell the proceeds have to fund my future (after paying off a large mortgage). I am not destitute like some women but I will have to use everything I have ever worked for to survive instead of the life I had hoped for.
    I don’t know what more we can do if they will not listen.

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  7. @ Karen –
    “I will have to use everything I have ever worked for to survive instead of the life I had hoped for.”

    I’m afraid that applies to many of us who are not even Waspi women. Life reduced to mere survival used to be something we attributed to others, usually thousands of miles away, or to the homeless on our streets but ever since our politicians and banksters ganged up to impoverish the middle classes, it has become uncomfortably familiar. For many years the easy life post-retirement promoted by the financial ad-men, who were no more able to foresee the actual future than Joe Bloggs, turns out to have been make-believe, but repeated ad (!) infinitum, was accepted as gospel.
    If you were around in the 70s, you’d remember countless articles pondering the wonderful future of leisure awaiting us in retirement with so much time on our hands, never quite explaining where all the funding would come from. Today, after tightening the purse strings unto strangulation, many are reduced to wondering what further economies they can conceivably make in order to survive. A very well-qualified friend of mine with health problems is reduced to cleaning other peoples’ homes to survive. However, this may be as good as it’s going to get. Who actually knows?

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  8. Given the equal rights dialogue that we have had to suffer for as long as I can remember – what is the WASPI excuse?
    There never have been guarantees in life. Many women are quite happy to divorce and desert a broken man and walk away with the house proceeds. Whats different here?
    I know of several women who just get on with it. They know that they have won the war and are happy to go to work for their remaining years. They know that they will live longer than men as well.
    All pensions are under pressure. Government spending is far too big. Taxes are nowhere near paying for expenditure, so the national debt keeps rising.

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  9. Mr Ward . I will just consider that my ass has been well and truly kicked for having the impertinence to ask a valid question.
    This is your blogger and you can destruct and criticize everything in your path. No questions asked.

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  10. Sir, I put it to you that you might be able to further your efforts for the laudable WASPI cause by visiting the UK, taking short term responsibility on a voluntary basis to organise a rally to discuss strategy and actions needed. This would demonstrate an admirable and credible commitment to the cause.

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  11. Harold, quite correct and reasonable, Mieke, quite correct but unreasonable.
    JW you still look like one of those photos of dead people we find here in Italy in our cemeteries. I assume you are alive…..although not too sure as you are all knowing, with a twist of the characteristics of a Turkish president.

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  12. Anyone who is a no one will not be getting a pension eventually. (I know, that’s some weird wording) Groups one by one will be taken out and shot. This is as certain as the tides. I am in the US and at least our Social Security will live on quite a bit longer but it too will abandoned eventually, even though unlike this WASPI case the money was put up by contributors and the Treasury issued paper of a rather special sort as a promise to repay it. That being an IOU which has the legal standing of a Treasury bond, now, but eventually it won’t. In this case everyone who is anyone is 100% behind the US Treasury defaulting.

    In the US myriad government workers have pensions which are ill funded which will eventually be cut to nothing. Pensions of companies of all sorts were abandoned 30 some years ago and inexorably the remaining recipients will see their payouts drop.

    Widespread pensions cannot work anywhere. If they are based upon a system of contributions being invested then those giant pools of money draw thieves like moths to a flame. Other plans based upon government promise are sure to be abandoned by politicians. Obviously ‘savings’ by individuals is a mugs game because of consumer price inflation and ultra low deposit interest rates. Which leaves ‘investing’, where the normal citizen is like a sheep in a pen being lead to shearing.

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  13. You are saying what many in waspi have been saying for months. There are a few brave people who are trying to change the direction of this campaign and plenty of support for more direct action but we lack leadership. Maybe we will need to go the way of the suffragettes and split into 2 groups. Those for peaceful negotiations and those who want to fight and gain media attention .

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  14. At last, some hope for the more ambitious ladies. Cometh the moment, cometh the man. A certain Mr.Timothy Walstein from London is promoting a Waspi calendar renewable every year with different models as they come through to pension time. A new website will soon be up and running http://www.waspicalendar.com where calendars may be ordered. These calendars are group and individual choices, and retail at only £25 each. Distributors from over 43 countries have signed up, and the enterprise is taking off. Photoshoots will be taking place in Somerset and Wiltshire country houses during the autumn, in time for the 2017 publication in December of this year. Ladies will be invited to offer themselves in full evening wear , and in striptease mode down to many facet full frontal nudity. The intervening period allows models to become toned up, lose weight and grow a full bush. ( The australian distributor joked ”we not going to pay good money to see the neck end of oven ready chickens mate!”) All models will get an immediate £10,000 cash, with a small share of profits after tax at year end.

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  15. I have no idea who used my name to respond on 19 July at 6.58! Whoever it may be, it is an imposter! I very much wonder why anyone would write something in my name? Someone who knows my email address and therefore knows me…..but not very well or they would know that I am perfectly capable of writing my own posts AND spell correctly i.e. arse rather than ass. And clearly someone with too much time on their hands! Bizarre!

    I am not a troll. I am a WASPI activist. I wrote the concept and much of the content and designed much of the lay-out of the WASPI website. I also initiated and organised (with the help of a handful of WASPI women) the demo in London. I co-ordinate an active WASPI Group in Kent.

    In my opinion/experience, it is easy to criticise and make suggestions, but DOING is a very different matter. Easy to have a pop at others and easy to have huge expectations of what is essentially and primarily a small bunch of amateurs who have never before campaigned…. and who do, beside WASPI, also have their own lives to live. And even easier to sit on your settee moaning and grumbling that not enough is done or it is all done wrong and then turn the tv on and do nothing at all yourself! Plenty of those about – inside Waspi and on the peripherals.

    Outcomes? Well, surely EVERY suggested/proposed campaign action should have an aim and a proposed outcome? Otherwise it would be a rather random exercise? Not crystal ball gazing, but strategic planning.

    Perhaps this site needs passwords to avoid others using people’s names? I ticked the box to be notified of new posts – but was not. I would have spotted the post made in my name straight away had I been.

    How very odd!

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