Rajab Al Zarahni

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  1. Women enjoyed a massively unfair advantage over men in being entitled to draw their state pension five years earlier. This unfair advantage was compounded by the fact that their life expectancy is demonstrably greater than that of men. The unfairness of their treatment arises not from the equalization of the pension age with men but from the pitifully poor manner in which they were advised of the change by the DWP. The government have been emphatic that they will mot accede to any demands to put the matter right and to do so would compound the disadvantage to men of the same age. Corbyn and co can campaign vigorously to put the matter right in the comfortable certainty that they will not be the incoming government who has to find the money for it.Correcting the frozen pension problem would be a drop in the ocean in comparison to funding the womens pension claim. Cynical I may be but I am confident that they wouldn't have any interest in an issue affecting predominantly white, indigenous, middle aged men.
  2. French citizens living in their commonwealth area even have their own representation in the French parliament. Lord Ashcroft, who sits in the House of Lords, for the Conservatives is a UK citizen and a citizen of Belize. He is not a UK resident but he can make laws about which British citizens can vote !
  3. Having watched the debate and reviewed the subsequent media coverage I feel a lot more optimistic than I have felt over past months. I know it doesn't count for much but I now see the Greens are pledged to overturn the frozen pension policy. Ominously, there is now press speculation that the Tories are looking to free themselves from the promises of the Cameron end their commitment to the triple lock and reduce the threshold for tax exempt pension contributions. We need to keep up the pressure.
  4. Never trust a man who reports for duty without having had a shave. https://www.ftadviser.com/state-pension/2017/04/21/harrington-dismisses-calls-to-unfreeze-expat-pension-payments/
  5. Fortune favors the brave.
  6. Your view does not offend me but I do not agree with it.
  7. I'm not offended and recognize that you are entitled to your point of view. As much as you are entitled to your own distinctive views and your right to express them, that does not mean that your views should not be challenged by those who disagree with you. The airing of opinion is the prime purpose of the thread.
  8. Consistent with your philosophy of life then why vote, why bother to buy a lottery ticket because you certainly won't win ? Why leave the house when the sun is shining because the likelihood is that the weather man was lying and it will probably rain anyway ? Why even bother to keep taking the anti depressants ? I invite you to agree that if everyone adopted this philosophy then we would have no comments, no topic thread and no campaign groups. Please enlighten me as to what merit there can be in seeking to discourage and demoralise those whom you agree are the subject of an injustice, and who are supporting each other with information and encouragement. If you really believe that we should concentrate "on budgeting for a no increase" then why not contribute some of your wisdom here ?
  9. If that is what you believe then what is the point of reading or contributing to this topic. A campaign can never be won by those who believe they can't win.
  10. The parliamentary debate lasted about an hour and 40 minutes. Roger Gale opened the debate and was followed by speakers from the Labour party, the SNP the Lib Dems and Conservatives. Everyone spoke in favor of ending the freezing of overseas pensions. I thought the speeches by Margaret Ferrer of the SNP and Peter Bottomley of the Conservatives were particularly good. Alex Cunningham, the Shadow Work and Pensions Minister, when speaking of manifesto committments stated: "Partial upgrading will certainly be in ours" and Greg Mulholland of the Liberal Democrats confirmed his intention to press for its inclusion in the Lib Dems manifesto. The Works and Pensions Minister, Richard Harrington sat squirming in his seat as he listened to the debate and was handed a brief during the debate, probably summarizing the governments position. He responded by making a number of marginal and pitifully irrelevant points and was interrupted by Peter Bottomley who stated that the governments policy was unfair, unjust and morally wrong. The minister advised that the government would not change its position but I was left with the feeling that he thoroughly understood the nature of the injustice and would be quietly trying to talk his cabinet colleagues round, behind closed doors.
  11. 10:30 am, today House of Commons Main Chamber Backbench Business Debate on a Motion relating to State Pensions payable to recipients outside of the UK .
  12. Labour Policy pledges: * Triple-lock guarantee on pensions will remain until at least 2025 * Pensioners will keep benefits including free TV licences, bus passes and winter fuel allowance. The period up to the general election will present an excellent opportunity to get politicians to include the removal of frozen pensions in their manifesto commitments.
  13. Labour Policy pledges: * Triple-lock guarantee on pensions will remain until at least 2025 * Pensioners will keep benefits including free TV licences, bus passes and winter fuel allowance. The period up to the general election will present an excellent opportunity to get politicians to include the removal of frozen pensions in their manifesto commitments.
  14. How wrong can I be about what ? If it takes the announcement of a general election to move the pound from 42+ to 43.99 do you really think that a Tory landslide and the completion of the Brexit negotiations will bring it back to 52 !
  15. The Tories will win because there is no credible alternative. The Lib Dems will gain because there is nowhere else to go for the EU remainers. The Scot Nats are at such a high point in seats and votes that they might stand still or even decline, particularly since income tax is now higher in Scotland under their government. Any party brave enough to offer a second referendum might well see a surge in popularity but the only possibility of that is with the Lib Dems and they won't surge to the extent of gaining power. Any prospect of a second referendum will see the pound gain in value. This election will see the overthrow of Jeremy Corbyn and the possible return of David Milliband. Given a Tory win, and that looks certain, the pound will stay in the doldrums.