Having a nasty mind might is one thing,
but some times what one might be able to predict as a result of
having a nasty mind can be very dangerous.
Take for example some of the kind of underhand social cuts
which might be undertaken by the UK government as budget
but which are such that they just look like changes in the
dates of various eligibility rulings.
This is already happening from this year in terms of the
which will be now kept in line with that of the new state
pension dates for women.
During the next 10 years the state retirement for women is
gradually being increased from 60 to that of men at 65.
My suspicion is that the next move will be a similar change in
the winter fuel allowance,
so that it also gradually moves to being the same as the state
retirement age for women.
Given that there are moves to change the state retirement
year to 67,
then such a change in all the allowances which now kick in a
60 could amount to a major cost saving for the British
and very few people would work out just what they have done.
Now if such savings might be redirected in to higher pensions,
or an increase in the winter fuel savings,
Such an increase might help to alleviate the problem of Fuel
poverty which many pensions suffer from.
Yet I doubt if this is currently on the political agenda.
If we didn’t all have to bail out the bankers,
and if military expenditure were to be slashed,
then there would be no fuel poverty,
but good pensions for us all.
It’s all a question of the right kind of spending.