David Cameron has rewarded former banker Ros Altmann for the report she wrote calling on us all to work longer by making her Minister for Pensions despite her never having never won an election in her pampered life.
Altmann, who said last year that “Encouraging and enabling those who want to work longer is an idea whose time has come”, will join comedy toff and another former banker Lord Fraud at the DWP where he will remain in his role as unelected Minister for Welfare Reform. That’s democracy yah.
Altmann is obessed with making people us work longer, even claiming it will be good for our health. She should fit right in at the DWP where forced work makes you free and poverty is good for you. In her report last year, commissioned by the DWP, Altmann even endorsed unpaid workfare style schemes for older workers, suggesting it was unfair that only the young are forced to work for no pay.
According to Altmann those who retire too soon will miss out on the “positive feelings that derive from work”. You can tell she’s never had a real job. Altmann assumes because posh people might benefit from a few hours well paid work when they are over pension age that means the rest of us want to be sweeping the streets or working in supermarkets into our seventies. She also says that if we all work longer then we can keep out the immigrants, as if building companies are all going to start recruiting brickies from pensioner’s night at the local Bingo.
Nobody normal wants the pension age to rise, yet it is the policy of both main political parties. And now a Government that only around 20% of people voted for have put in unelected stooge in charge of bullying us into working till we drop. This is a robbery, people have paid for their pensions yet an increasing number are never likely to get one. Life expectency varies by up to a decade depending on how poor you are. There will soon be no respite, even when we grow old, from the relentless onslaught of cut throat capitalism that has no space at all for human joy.
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