If I were the Prime Minister half way through my first term in office, I would be beginning to think about how I could be re-elected for a second term. I would want something that would appeal to a large number of voters. Something spectacular that would catch their attention!
The elderly are a larger group of people who vote more than others. There again, there have been lots of bad news in the last two years about poor care of older people in the NHS that won’t help.
Then I would remember that my nice Secretary of State for Works and Pensions – Mr Ian Duncan-Smith talked about a magical £140 state pension at the AGE UK Conference in 2011. Of course nothing happened because of these tough economic times. As well as this, with retirement age still so low, it would cost a fortune in the future years. Oh! and also because I made a promise before the election in a TV debate, that I would not take away the universal benefits older people receive, like winter fuel allowances, free TV licenses and free bus passes.
There again, I did say only until the next election.
So half way through my first term, which was mainly full of bad economic news, I am beginning to worry that I may not get re-elected. Let’s dust of that £140 pension idea and start all over again.
(See my earlier blogs “THE £140 PENSION ILLUSION” in the TAG CLOUD).