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News that David Cameron has vowed to protect state pensions if the Tories are re-elected in 2015 is, at least on the surface, excellent news, for the elderly and sometimes vulnerable of the UK. Not that state pensions are anything other than “basic” but at least this should mean they are safe from the Tory axe, but will they be?
According to the Evening Standard, “Guaranteed rises in the basic state pension will continue if the Conservatives win the next election, David Cameron has pledged. The Prime Minister vowed to retain the "triple lock" system which means the state pension will always rise by whichever is highest out of inflation, average earnings, or 2.5 per cent. In a bid to reassure older voters, Mr Cameron said the pay-outs would continue to rise according to the formula until at least 2020”.
However as always there is more to this than meets the eye.
Older people are often more conservative, either with a big or small “c” so is the news anything more than a vote winner?
The incomes of the elderly in the UK are under attack from many government fronts. Changes in taxes and more could easily wipe out any state pension gains.
The percentages mean the money is pretty small when you consider the basic state pension.
Pensioners do not receive bonuses or other pay that the working population might. They are at home more often though and so face high fuel bills and more. They may have health issues which have obvious associated costs. It is not rocket science, is it?
Celebrities such as Russell Brand who encourage younger people not to vote play into Tory hands. His words will hold little, if any, sway with the older generation.
The Tories are paying two foreign nationals to spearhead their election campaign; Lynton Crosby from Australia and Jim Messina from the US. Both know just how to spin the truth and attract votes.
There are other issues but at the forefront is the questions "Do you trust Cameron" and “Do you trust the Tories?”
In November 2013 the Conservative Party of the UK wiped the slate clean by deleting a ton of information stored online. It included information relating to their 2010 election campaign and their many broken promises. It went further though. The Independent reported, "All evidence of the party’s promises and commitments made between 2000 and 2010 have disappeared from the Tories’ website".
Images of PM David Cameron dressed in his fox hunting garb and enjoying the hunt vanished along with a mountain of other pertinent information. Try to find one online for confirmation.
If you have a hard copy of an old election manifesto published by the Tories hang on to it. Likewise if one becomes available for the 2015 election get hold of it and keep it in a safe place for future reference.
Election manifestos often hold vague promises portrayed as firm pledges. Will Cameron’s pension promise be anything more than that? Wouldn’t it also be good to see UK politicians make a firm commitment to the elderly of the UK long-term so that future generations will not have to live in fear of poverty in old age?
According to the Conservatives the deleted information, or lies, is still available online through search engines but no longer on the Conservative website. The information deleted includes the speeches in which "David Cameron and George Osborne pledged not to re-organise the NHS, to support Labour spending plans if they won power and ironically to ensure “near-total transparency of the political and governing elite”. That last one is a good one for sure!
Lie, after lie, after lie.
David Cameron speaking about the pension pledge spins austerity measures as providing a means to help pensioners. Once again he manages to put people from different sections of the UK against each other -- young against old, working against the jobless and more.
It is a "fact" that "pensions will be £440 a year higher from April than if they had been uprated in line with average earnings since 2011-12, Downing Street said".
More meaningless gobbledegook aimed at winning votes but little more.