There was uproar in Parliament on Wednesday during a debate organised by the outstanding Labour MP Grahame Morris on the ‘WASPI‘ women, who have been robbed by the government of years’ worth of pension because of poorly-planned and hurriedly-executed changes to retirement ages.
Uproar at the staggering arrogance all too typical of the Tory party.
Conservative Minister Guy Opperman was addressing the women in a packed audience when he told them:
It’s not the government’s intention that we would ameliorate or repeal the [problematic] acts, but we do accept that the government must do all we can to assist everyone affected to retrain and [sic] employment and support.
In other words, “we yanked years of pension out from underneath you with no warning and have no intention of changing that, but don’t worry – we’ll help you work longer instead”.
Cries of ‘shame on you’ erupted among the WASPI women in attendance – and no wonder:
After Opperman sat down, Morris made a noble effort to be diplomatic before pleading with the Minister and the government to do whatever is needed to resolve the situation fairly for the women who have been robbed of thousands of pounds and years of retirement already planned for.
But his face during the Minister’s promise of ‘support’ to work longer was far more eloquent than any mere words could be. You can see it in the video above, but here it is in close-up:
There really does seem to be no limit to the depths of callousness that the Tories routinely inhabit, let alone will sink to.
“Don’t worry about your lost retirement. We’ll help you work longer.”
A government that useless, that callous – that nasty – simply cannot be allowed to continue.
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