lies & ministerial promises
Lord Beveridge, in his November
1942 report, on which the UK pension system was founded, established a
‘all insured people, rich or poor, would pay the same contributions
for the same security.’
Norman Fowler, as Minister
of Social Security, confirming Lord Beveridge, in the Green Paper on "Reform of Social Security". June
1985 also said
"All insured people, rich or poor, would pay the same contributions
for the same security."
Ian Mc Cartney, MP for Makerfield, in June 1993
when in Opposition confirmed that Labour's policy is
"to ensure equality of treatment to all British pensioners who live
abroad in Countries outside the European Community"
Jack Straw, when Home Secretary in 1998 regarding
the Human Rights Act
‘‘everyone gets the same set of basic guarantees from our public
services, whoever we are and wherever we live."
Gordon Brown, speaking in December 2004 at the Pope Paul VI memorial
lecture, CAFOD, London
"In the coming weeks, I will set out how I, and our party, and our
government, and our country, must rise to conquer those challenges and
ensure fairness for all."
Carswell in the House of Lords hearing, 27 May 2005
‘It is a matter of simple justice between groups of people who have
paid the same contributions. . .’
Goodhart QC in pensions debate House of Lords 25 October 2005
‘But that does not alter the principle, which I believe is that there
is an implicit contract between the contributors and the state—not a legal
contract, but an understanding that the contributors will make payments, and
in return for that the state will pay them a pension.’
Gordon Brown, at the commission for Africa Meeting in Cape Town, January
"What is morally wrong cannot be economically right" and
"Human Rights are Universal and no injustice of Rights can last forever"
Gordon Brown, during the Fair Rules debate September 2008
"In Britain, we have always believed there can never be one rule for
some, and another rule for others." and "Fairness is in our
Gordon Brown, in a Cabinet meeting, December2008
"I will not turn my back on those who need help. This is not about
rhetoric. It's about fairness and unfairness. Fairness is my purpose, my
pride, my principle"
Ms Yvette Cooper MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, sent an email to
Labour party members stating, amongst other things
“Our commitment to fairness and progressive values isn't opportunistic
and cynical. It is deep, real and backed up by action”