In some previous blogs I have referred to the current British Government as being too far right wing…. Well in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement he has shown just how right I was to make such a denouncement.
Whilst Ian Duncan Smith, the now infamous “Expat-Hater”, continues in his war of words and deeds against expats everywhere along with attempts to send expat pensioners to early graves by freezing them to death, using dodgy and manipulated data, the chancellor has sunk to an even further level.
According to the treasury itself five hundred thousand expat pensioners will be given what will feel like a “Badge of Shame” to wear, just as Jewish people were forced to wear the Yellow star with the word “JUDE” emblazoned in the middle of it stitched to their clothing throughout occupied Europe.
This man has decided that expats cannot be trusted and must complete a form to prove they are “Still Alive” and entitled to draw the pension they contributed to all their working lives.
They must take the form to their neighbours who will witness them signing it. This is to remind them of course that they have not escaped the clutches of the British Authorities….and will probably be shot at dawn if they fail to do so!
This is not just some innocent and random attack on expat pensioners but is part of a serious, sustained, calculated and vicious attack on large swathes of human beings by a so-called democratically elected government sworn to the teachings of democracy.
The Treasury claims “The crackdown will save the Government tens of millions of pounds every year. We currently pay a bit of money to people who are dead, and we don’t know they are dead, and their families keep the money”.
Yes this sort of thing does happen – it happens in the UK a lot. However Mr Treasury Spokesman, I challenge you to tell the truth about just how many cases occur amongst expat indigenous Brits and how many occur in the UK itself amongst the whole populous there. Common, be a sport and tell us the truth for once. Of course the truth does not come easily to this government – does it?
The truth is that this has nothing to do with saving money but is all about denigrating expat pensioners over and over again. The circus continues. Get UK citizens to hate expat pensioners with continual lies and deceit to get them on side for the next election – any old vote will do cry’s the boss “Flashman”.
Expat pensioners continue to be hounded by this obnoxious group of political pigmies and failed politicians but we are made of sterner stuff than you think. You would of course like us to feel guilty for living longer than planned for by politicians of all persuasions – but we worked hard, paid through the nose and can stand your company no longer a good reason for being over here!
Apparently the Spanish Government is more co-operative with the British Government than the French Government are. Thus people in Spain will not be required to do this – yet! The poor souls in France are apparently less trust-worthy because the French Government doesn’t go around telling tales, even to the British government! Vivre La France!
Clive Walley, ex-Conservative, ex-pat–pensioner writing from a still very cold Spain – Sunday 8th December 2013.