Smell of Looming Defeat for IDS

Smell of Looming Defeat over snatch-back of Winter Fuel Allowance from Expat Pensioners Causes IDS to Turn on Pensioners at Home!

4th February 2014

Since the general wrath of UK expat pensioners living on the EU Mainland has grown daily and with a determination to take on the British Government for its despicable discrimination against them, panic is occurring in the office of one,  - Mr Ian Duncan Smith (Secretary of State for Works & Pensions). {The words, “Don’t panic Mr Mannering!” quickly come to mind}

At a stroke;  and apart from bricking up his office windows just in case, he is now threatening revenge by relieving all pensioners (living at home or abroad) of their Winter Fuel Allowance! Additionally, he is eying up snatching bus passes back from the elderly and of course the ‘Free’ TV licence for over 75’s. These are the outbursts of an embittered man.

The writer has for some time, warned people in his blogs not to be apathetic about what is happening to pensioners living abroad because as I have said many times “What they get away with doing to us today – they will do to you tomorrow”.

Tomorrow is already here now and sadly this will not be the end of the matter despite having worked for our pensions for 40 years or more, we might well see all of our pension payments being reduced soon.

There is no end to the wickedness of this man’s assault on pensioners and he must go!

The only way he can legitimately snatch the WFA from expat pensioners is to snatch it from all pensioners and this is his way of trying to win a battle in a war he cannot win.

I call upon the people of his constituency to de-select him before the next election and I call upon David Cameron to bring him back under control in the meantime lest his party loses the vote of all pensioners at the next election.

We pensioners provide the highest turn out in any election – up to 90%! We have the power to bring this pernicious attack on the elderly to an end.

There has been a long drawn out smear campaign by Smith who uses the Daily Mail as his mouthpiece against pensioners living in France, Spain and other European States to make them appear as the idle rich, using their Winter Fuel Allowance to buy Wine and the like and such talk has been deliberately designed to use the Politics of Envy to achieve voter support.

Nothing could be further from the truth than this man’s fictitious claims and lies about British pensioners living abroad.

It was after all, Smith’s department that employed ‘so-called’ scientific data to prove that only the UK suffered from cold winters and people living in the EU didn’t (apart from his favoured Italy!). The shame of it is that his department corrupted the data to provide a falsehood, a lie even; about winter temperatures on the continent of Europe.

Of course, not all pensioners are poor but there are countless thousands of them that are and who moved out of the UK – because they could not afford to live there any longer on their state pensions which are among the worst in Europe!  This is largely because one government after another has taken the contributions and spent the money on other things.

Note: The UK is the highest net exporter of its own citizens in the EU and the 3rd largest in the whole world! Perhaps time to ask yourself why?

In truth, living costs have risen dramatically in Europe where governments are playing catch up with the rest. Typically, Spain now has the 3rd most expensive electricity supply in the whole of the 28 nation European block. Prices have increased by over 60% in the last 6 years and are set to rise again this month.

Many pensioners living there cannot afford to heat their homes with Electricity and turn to bottled gas to heat small gas fires for a few hours before retiring to bed early to keep warm!  In France they mostly burn wood to keep warm – electricity is costly there too despite very significant Nuclear Energy Generation which we were all told in the UK in the 60’s, would bring everyone cheap power. One wonders now about the promises being made in the UK now about Shale Oil Fracking and what will really be the final truth!

The 300 plus British MPs who claim and get vast sums for heating their Second Homes have nothing to worry about,  THE TAXPAYER WILL ALWAYS PROVIDE.

What an insidious bunch they are and they come from every political persuasion, of that make no mistake when you judge them. One MP, who shall be nameless since his conscience got the better of him causing him to return it; claimed around 6,000 pounds for heating his second home, he, like many others, will probably vote in favour of any legislation which takes away a miserly 200 pounds from pensioner couples!  “After you with the trough dear boy!”

Get used to the idea!

 If you don’t intend to fight it – “those in power”, and of any political persuasion whatsoever, including UKIP will always feather their own nests first. The electorate once having discharged its duty and voted (when it is permitted to) are no longer of any consequence to political masters like Dictator Ian Duncan Smith.

This is the system we fondly call “Democracy”. Clearly for some there is much more democracy available than for others!

Or do something about it!

What can we all do?

If you care about your pension in the UK or abroad, if you care about your winter fuel allowance and any other benefits you have been adjudged as having a right to obtain,

 If you are a Son or a Daughter of a pensioner or pensioner couple either living in the UK or abroad,

If you are an adult person concerned about how these changes are going to affect you in the future,

If you are working in another country and are worried about your rights back home including the Right to Vote,

You need to get involved NOW! Later will be TOO LATE!

We, living in Mainland Europe and beyond are probably better organised than you yourselves might be in ‘resistance work’ since we have been the focus of Smith’s bullying for some time but we can help you if you help us to help you.

We have a number of petitions that need signing to bring the government down to earth and to make them start listening to us – all of us!

Will you help us to help you?

Please visit and sign all the petitions you agree with. And write to your local MP asking him/her exactly where they stand on Pensioners Rights and tell them you will only vote for them if they agree to support the cause.

Write to all candidates who will stand in the next General Election and ask them the same question!

Then vote for the person who has promised you in black and white to support Pensioners Rights – regardless of your political leanings.

All my life I have always put my country’s best interests before my personal needs when it has come to voting in elections and frankly, I have always been betrayed since the vast majority of those elected have always put their narrow personal needs before those of the country.

Big Businesses and Banks have taken over from the Union Barons in dictating the country’s economy. What is in it for them? Everything!

What is in it for those on fixed incomes? Nothing, Nada, Zilch, Zero!

How many poor politicians do you know of???? Can you list them?

Many People are being drawn to UKIP like a moth to a light bulb but what are their policies for pensioners? They don’t know or won’t say because they only have one policy and that is to take the UK out of Europe and wreck the British economy forever and remove many of the freedoms of expression the EU affords us. Frankly they are a bunch of loony’s as time will prove and they will be first in the queue at the ‘parliamentary trough’.

Britain needs an all party coalition of the best brains and warmest hearts. We need to put the extreme elements of both the Left and Right wings of Westminster out to pasture for once and for all. Their narrow self-interests will never help anyone other than themselves.

Thank you and Kindest Regards.

Clive Walley

Campaigner for UK Expat Rights.


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11.09 | 19:03

Thank you for your opinion. However, the UK is far from being oppressed by the EU. We are one of the leaders not followers.

18.06 | 14:34

What a load of rubbish, who wants to be controlled by any devil ,the English have proved over history that they will not be oppressed

18.01 | 13:35

Dear Kathleen, Thank you for visiting the website and posting your comment in support of our cause. Please, if you can find time, write to your UK MP. Thanks

18.01 | 13:20

This proposal is in my opinion a clear breach of EU law.

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