The Winter Fuel payment and the Vote for BRITISH ex pats.
George Osborne said during his Financial statement of Wednesday 25thJune.
“EU law now says that people living in the European Economic Area can claim Winter Fuel Payments from us even if they didn’t get it before they left the
Paying out even more money to people from all nationalities who may have worked
in this country years ago but no longer live here is not a fair use of the
nation’s cash. So from the autumn of 2015, we will link the Winter Fuel Payment
to a temperature test. People in hot countries will no longer get it.“ UK
The nature of Osborne’s phrases are disgraceful. This is not truth, the whole truth, but it is ‘propaganda’.
He has chosen loaded words which are meant to colour the thoughts of the British public. A famous propagandist of the last century said “The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think is right.”
Read and note…..
‘people from all nationalities’. The overwhelming majority of recipients of the Winter Fuel Payment in
Europe, are like myself, British people descended from
generations of British people. This phrase is used to suggest that the money is
not going to British people. Would he have dared say ‘British Citizens’?
‘who may have worked in this country’ They receive a State pension, thus they most certainly worked in
. The word ‘may’ is used to imply a sense of
idleness. Would he have dared omit the
word ‘may’? Britain
‘Is not a fair use of the nation’s cash’ Why is it not?
‘In hot countries’. The word ‘hot’ suggests what? Searing temperatures all the year round? It is an exaggeration and suggests to the listener warmth all the year round. Which is of course is George Osborne’s intention. Would he have dared say ‘the southern countries of the EU?’
He desires the resident population of
, to believe that what he
says is the truth. Britain
The BBC web site says that the Climatological Unit at
East Anglia University
in Norwich compiled figures to show that 7 EU countries
are warmer in winter than SW England. Spending Review documents revealed, that the
seven countries where ex pats will lose the payment, are: Cyprus, France,
Malta, Portugal and .” Spain
Tell that to the expatriates in
Brittany, or in The Auvergne, Lille
( France) and Tournai ( Belgium), and the towns of the Spanish
hinterland or of .
The continental climate is characterised by hot summers and cold winters. Italy
The attitude against the pensioners is further hardened by articles in the press illustrating the pensioners sunning themselves on the sunny summer shores of
. In Spain
it was minus 7 overnight this February. Most of Barcelona Europe
freezes every winter, this year worse than is usual. In Central Italy
eighty centimetres of snow fell. In Central France in February 2012 it suffered successive
nights of temperatures minus ten.
The summer sun does not allay the winter's frosts.
True - the Winter Fuel payment is a stupid payment - but it should be administered equably everywhere. If it was incorporated into the State Pension (incorporating the equally bizarre £10 Christmas bonus!), making the whole taxable. In that manner the better-off would lose some of it.
Should the British Government have any concern for British Citizens Abroad? Yes of course. For those who live in
Europe the principle of ‘freedom of
movement’ should prevail. But the
British Government resists supporting the retired Briton Abroad.
Governments and tyrannies will not change unless they are forced to do so. We all imagine that we live in a democratic society in
Western Europe. It is
more fondly felt than fact. Democracy does not exist for the Britons
Abroad. The British Government denies it
The British Government, which we all would like to perceive as a bastion of democracy, is as stubborn and as deaf as any.
Is it not apparent that a certain dictatorial element remains in the thoughts of the party-politic in
. The expatriate has no vote. Antipathy is
raised against the expatriate in Parliament, and in the press. Britain
We have no effective voice. Is it not time that we had a political voice?
In the eyes of many in
today, the Briton who dares to live abroad is considered to be almost a
traitor. We have Lord Lipsey who dares
to say that the Briton Abroad should never be represented in Parliament. We have governments who sign to treaties in
Europe which guarantee that the elderly Briton who retires to Britain Europe
will receive the same consideration from the British Government as those who
remain at home. But in the outcome, they
are deprived of income and support which those who stay at home might
enjoy. The winter fuel payment which all
the elderly enjoy in Britain
has not been received by the most elderly of
the British Citizens in Europe.
The Pensioner in
Europe cannot make his
feelings felt through the ballot box because the government has not granted to
him the permanent citizen’s right to vote.
Lord Lipsey again says that such pensioners have no part to play in the economy of
. Yet their pensions and much of their
expenditure is demonstrably part of the British Economy. Britain
I accuse the British Government of indifference towards its citizens abroad. We are open to abuse by our own government, because they deny us representation.
In the newspapers today it is reported that the British government is preparing to pay out, up to £5000 to prisoners who have gone to Court as a result of being denied the vote, and yet lawful British pensioners who have taken up the option under EU law to move elsewhere in Europe are denied the vote with no suggestion of recompense. The world is going mad around me!
The cold heart of
Governments is felt most severely by those who have given so much for
in their working lives and still remain ambassadors for British grit and
ALL BRITISH CITIZENS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE.
If you have not already done so, send en e mail to the Parliamentary Committee which one sincerely hopes is seriously considering the Representation of Overseas electorate………….
Send to Jonathan Blades at the
Palace of Westminster