Stay classy, Taxpayers’ Alliance

Taxpayers' Alliance: Cut pensioner benefits because they will be dead by 2020


As if the government’s programme of cuts were not draconian enough already, everyone’s favourite right-wing outlier the Taxpayers’ Alliance is urging the government to go further.

That is after all their job as an outlier – to pitch their tent on the hard-right in order to make the merely right-wing look reasonable.

All well and good; only they’ve gone and thrown taste out the window as well.

Ministers should waste no time in making unpopular cuts to pensioner benefits, TPA director Alex Wild has told a Conservative Party conference fringe event.

Hardly revelatory considering the TPA’s entire raison d’etre is cutting back the state – though a questionable electoral strategy considering older people are more likely to vote than the young.

But do not fear – Wild has the answer. According to the TPA director, it’s sensible to cut some pensioner benefits “as soon as possible” because by 2020 many of those hit by the cuts…will be dead.

“The first of which will sound a little bit morbid – some of the people… won’t be around to vote against you in the next election“, Wild told the conference fringe event.

And of course the government might also take advantage of the elderly losing their mental faculties. Wild continued: “So that’s just a practical point, and the other point is they might have forgotten by then.”

So the Tories should cut pensioner benefits because those on the receiving end of the cuts will likely be a) senile or b) dead.

Stay classy, TPA.

James Bloodworth is the editor of Left Foot Forward. Follow him on Twitter

13 Responses to “Stay classy, Taxpayers’ Alliance”

  1. approveds

    Liam Fox seems to want these cuts, despite spending large amounts of tax payers money on his boyfriend Adam Werritty.

  2. Tony

    A thoroughly evil organization.

  3. George Barrington

    Well, that gives me the incentive to live another 5 years and stay as clever as Alex Wild. By that time I will be 79 and still voting. His generation still won’t be because they, understandably, are disenchanted by our politicians. However, should the current government stop senior bus passes, what will we do about the unemployed bus drivers? Regarding forgetting which government did what, don’t bank on it Alex.

  4. Dark_Heart_of_Toryland

    This tells you all you need to know about the ‘Taxpayer’s Alliance’.

  5. Mark M

    If he had said something as insulting as that about women, blacks, muslims, immigrants or homosexuals, he’d be hounded out of Britain by the pc brigade and protesters, and the left wing media would be leading the campaign. But apparently you can say what you want about old people without anyone really batting an eyelid (maybe it is because most of them are white?). Pretty typical of the double standards and self-serving nature of left wing “activists”.

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