In the next two weeks when my postal vote arrives, I will find it very hard to vote Conservative. Why?
On 26th March David Cameron said: “Treating people with dignity and security in their old age after a full working life is one of the most important things we can do as a country and that’s why I’ve been so clear that pensioner benefits like the free TV licences, the free prescriptions, the Winter Fuel Payments - they will continue for everybody! I think it should be your right and I think we need to make that very clear.”
Yesterday, declaring he was proud to be British, he presented the Conservative Manifesto.
That Manifesto says: “We will maintain all the current pensioner benefits including Winter Fuel Payments, free bus passes, free prescriptions and TV licences for the next Parliament, while implementing the "temperature test" for Winter Fuel Payment, so that expats in hot countries no longer receive it.”
After thirteen winters living in France I absolutely know I do not live in a ‘hot’ country!
I absolutely know an outside winter temperature of 7.0°C is far from being ‘hot’!
I absolutely know an outside temperature of 7.0°C signals the need for heat in our home!
I absolutely know an average winter temperature of 7.0°C across 151 days means heat every day!
To allow the words: “…. while implementing the ‘temperature test’ for Winter Fuel Payment, so that expats in hot countries no longer receive it” to appear in the Manifesto, David Cameron has displayed a degree of hypocrisy and weakness - he has given in to the con man, Iain Duncan Smith!
Iain Duncan Smith absolutely knows he ‘fiddled’ the average winter temperature for France to push it up artificially from 4.9°C to 7.0°C.
Iain Duncan Smith declared that to be ‘hot’ when he absolutely knows that really is ‘cold’!
Iain Duncan Smith has conned Parliament, and now he has conned David Cameron, into accepting that 7.0°C makes France, and Spain and Greece, into ‘hot’ countries.
And, he has done all of that without a debate and without a vote!
93,000 households, which equates to 180,000 British Pensioners, have had their Winter Fuel Payment removed for evermore because of an incredibly flawed ‘temperature test’!
In the same Manifesto David Cameron has pledged: “We will introduce votes for life, scrapping the rule that bars British citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years from voting.”
That could be one of the biggest boosts for registration in the next five days!