“Duplicitous Politicians”

The Conservative Government has not long been elected and now at the first party conference after the election, they are contemplating new policies that they were not prepared to discuss with the very people who voted for them.

At a fringe meeting, the Tax Payers Alliance was putting forward the idea that there should be early cuts to welfare benefits for older people.  They cynically suggested that it would be opportune to remove the winter fuel allowance, free bus passes, the Christmas bonus and other pensioner benefits, because “older people would be dead before the next election”.

The case for cuts was being championed by former Government Minister Liam Fox.    He said “we have to make the moral case for reducing public spending further ………… we have to get really honest with people”.

What a pity this outbreak of morality and honesty wasn’t there before the election.     No wonder politicians are distrusted.

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2 Responses to “Duplicitous Politicians”

  1. Alas oh wise one? at what age does one become retired according to the state?is it when I receive a state pension/disability allowance etc? at What Age is this, or is there an arbituary age limit say 85 + 0r- 5 years either side when one is considered for these ‘old age benefits, and can you only received them for a limited time (10 years say) or do we have to have a tour to Switzerland and that magic clinic??? answers on a post card please.
    I was reading a book on ‘blunders of our government’ and it is amazing how theses kitchen cabinets with restricted views appear to meet and make political policy, which is then voted through parliament. good job we have the LORDS, all though they can make a pigs ear of legislation. Oh to be cynical, or is it truthful

  2. Your first blog-quote Dementia is an illness which through its actions society most wants to forget. The forgotten army are the hundreds of thousands of carers, usually spouses or devoted daughters desperately holding on to a loved-one who is slowly disappearing before their eyes. They receive little help or understanding and indeed may well disguise what is happening for fear of embarrassing their husband, wife, mother or father. Until the burden becomes too great or their own health suffers and they are no longer able to cope.

    The scale of this unfolding tragedy is seldom spoken about because the reality of the numbers is overwhelming and society’s response is so inadequate. There is no cure and few therapies are available. Nonetheless, this is all the more reason to encourage an open discussion and to seek more research into both a cure and more positive treatment.

    A study by Oxford University at least provides some of the facts:-

    35 million people worldwide have been diagonosed with dementia.

    822,000 people in Britain are believed to have dementia.

    60% of British sufferers have Alzheimer’s Disease.

    Only 31% are being treated by the NHS.

    37% are in long term care.

    14% of women aged 80-84 have dementia

    36% of women aged 95-99 have dementia

    Two thirds of sufferers are not receiving any treatment for the disease from the Health Service.


    Let’s look at the estimated costs:-

    £27,646 is the annual cost of each dementia patient.

    £1.2 billion is spent on dementia by the NHS.

    £9 billion is the Social Services’ cost.

    £12.4 billion is the value of unpaid carers (relatives)

    £23 billion is the total annual cost of dementia care.

    – this is twice the cost of cancer care

    – and three times the cost of heart disease

    Now the real travesty and why I say this is a forgotten problem. As a society we spend just £61 on research for each person with dementia. A total of £50 million a year on research, which sounds a lot until you realise that £590 million is spent annually on cancer research.

    We can no longer hide this issue under the carpet. Our ageing population is only going to significantly increase the problem.

    Time for a radical re-think, don’t you think ?
    Here we are today John, and the wheel of life has gone around, 3? elections have passed, three types of politcal masters we have had, and yet these remarks as quoted are still valid (maybe the economic figures require tweeking), but we are there! You quote here demenia sufferers, but if one looks hard at the individual, causes and calls on the NHS service, we have all drifted into this catorory, and it maybe that the NHS hospital service as a centre of excellance in returning one to full/normal healthy life style, maybe it is how the social and NHS expediture, and ones own contribution (not neccessaially private care), can be encouraged to help solve the bed blocking/homelessness and lack of support in the community, by a thoughtful and compassionate rethink. We all expect the support of the NHS: however we must encourage our masters within the political circles to be guided by our concrns and the Officialdom of the NHS, and social services within the Governmental department of Health and Social sevices to make informed decisions, and guide to some extent the politicians of the day. John as i write this i note the media and Department of health are highlighting mental health issues ( the old sanitorium?) or are the elderly now with demtia being used as/quoted as mental patients as a result of senile and alzhmiers?
    As a younger man I had treatment (stress related) in a mental hospital for some 6 weeks- the place was set in bueatiful grounds, and was also used as place of rehabilitation for those elderly in the community, who could not look after themselves, and need that extra care and compassion. This was not a mentally insane instition, it was more of a retreat, and hosed some 300? souls in the Leeds-Bradford postal districts. The establishment no longer exists: however is this a step too far or do we need to return to this type of district facility, or can the NHS and the community services deal with this type of care, in a compassionate and realistic way. I know at the time of closing establisghments like this there were many aurguements socially for institutionalising people especial women ( for reasons of maybe unwanted pregancy), but can we see past this stigma in society, and make such places breath for the good they did in the last years of their existance.
    Answers on a post card please

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