1950s-born women have suffered insult on top of injury in the course of their WASPI (Women Against State Pensions Age Increase) campaign to restore pensions stolen from them by Tory government changes to retirement laws – ministers have treated them with contempt, even suggesting that women in their sixties should take up apprenticeships to get by until they reach the increased pension age imposed on them.
Yesterday in the House of Commons, after Tory Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered yet another ‘more of the same’, smoke-and-mirrors budget, they decided they had had enough and stood in the spectators’ gallery of the Commons Chamber to deliver their verdict on the whole Tory government: “Shame on You”:
And their chants met with a heart-warming and rousing response from the other side of the glass. As Tory MPs sat stony-faced, MPs on the left side of the Chamber rose to their feet in spontaneous applause – over the bemused attempt of Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle to restore order:
The anger and resolution of the WASPI women needs to spread throughout a society that has been blighted far too long by the predations, lies and incompetence of the Tories – and to meet the solidarity of MPs to make change unstoppable.
With Labour a new force under Jeremy Corbyn, there is an alternative now. No wonder the Establishment is terrified.
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