no more pension theft, Clegg. It’s not your bloody money.

Published in Daily Express (9/9/14), original below it:

Clegg’s plan to raid ‘rich’ pensioners sure to backfire
THE proposal to take money from `rich’ pensioners’ pensions to help fund bus passes for the young is appalling and amazing (“Clegg: Cut benefits of better-off pensioners”,September 8).  Set aside how he thinks that will gain his party any say in policy after the next election. He obviously views the miserly pension as government largesse.
What politician would dream of capping private pensions at the level needed by his fantasy?
It seems because pension money is paid into the Treasury, as opposed to some finance house, Mr Clegg feels it is there to dip into for any purpose or plan he fancies.
I have paid enough tax in my life to have earned a far better state pension than the one grudgingly paid now. I object that my wife and many like her will have six years of her pension stolen and will have to work longer to make that up.
I guess that I should be used to such attitudes from politicians but can one ever get used to being mugged and feeling powerless to prevent it?

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Nick Clegg’s proposal to take money from rich pensioner’s state pensions to fund bus passes for the young is both appalling and amazing.
Set aside the obvious puzzle of how he thinks that, despite past duplicity, the Lib Dems will gain any say in policy after the next General Election.
Set aside the shallowness of thought shown by the vagueness in his proposal.
Rich pensioner’s; how rich? Young bus passenger’s; how young? How much will it cost to collect and distribute these funds?
This man is not an intellectual giant. He’s not worthy of even the pay of a backbencher (prior to a 10% payrise).
The worst part is that he sees the niggardly State Pension as Government largesse.
What politician would dream of capping private pensions at the level which would be needed by his fantasy?
Yet, because State pension money has been paid into the Treasury, rather than into some Finance House, he feels it belongs to the political classes to dip into, to fund their election campaigns and their own pet vanities.
I have paid enough in tax, during my lifetime, to have earned a better State Pension than the one being grudgingly paid. I object that my wife will have six years of her pension stolen and may possibly die younger fthrough having to work longer.
I should be used to this attitude from politician’s and their deceit’s, as they raid pension’s but can one ever get used to being mugged and feeling powerless to prevent it.
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