Footslogging through the data still has an important role to play in holding slippery public officials and hypocritical apologists to account. Yorkshire artist Aileen Barnard yesterday tweeted in relation to the page capture above. It is from 2004, and shows, in the Government’s Quick Guide to Pensions, the following firmly predictive pledge in plain English:
‘IN 2020 WHEN THE STATE PENSION AGE FOR WOMEN IS RAISED FROM 60 TO 65’
It is important to deconstruct this sentence in full, to ensure that no ‘spin’ is attempted in suggesting that the meaning of it is in some way open to more than one interpretation.
It is not. It does not say ‘By 2020 the SPA will have risen‘. It says ‘In’. There’s no ‘if’, only a ‘when’. It says ‘In 2020 from 60 to 65′.
The ramifications of this are enormous:
- It shows that fully nine years after 1950s…
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