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.