The Pension Century
A number of you have written in to say I’m missing some of the big pension stories and what’s up? Etc. In my defence I guess I’d have to say that there’s a big difference between being pretty prolific and being some kind of modern-day Pythia or something; I mean I hardly stop writing and researching this stuff as it is.
What big stories have I missed? Well to start with I missed the fact that it was Mick Jagger’s 65th birthday at the weekend – the day that he hit the current arbitrary age that our collective support for the elderly kicks in. (“Hey, you, get off of my allotment!” was one of the newspaper headlines I could have beat the professionals to if only I’d had my wits about me last Friday.) The other big story I missed yesterday was that ministers have been celebrating that particular day as the 100th anniversary of the old age pension and if it was important enough for them to go on about it shouldn’t I have mentioned it at least?
Both good points, but as I say, it’s never going to be possible to cover everything on your friendly neighbourhood BeeHive, however hard we try.
The second one though, the anniversary of the old age pension, seems a bit premature to me. It is something I’ve covered before in BeeLines and in my defence I’d say that although the legislation came in during 1908, the first pensions paid to people didn’t happen until 1st January 1909, so that’s probably when we should be celebrating the centenary. That’s my excuse anyway, and I’m sticking to it.
I did look back over my cartoon scribblings last night though as I was pretty sure I’d covered the centenary issue in one of my Pension Conversations strips for Pensions Week. I had, it was the first one in that series I drew this year in fact and I’ve reproduced it here so that we can all join in the celebratory mood that for all I know’s gripping the country.
You’ll see from the sombre feel of this particular strip that it was drawn on a dark and rainy January night (we’d been out somewhere in North London I think) and the information it contains isn’t all that upbeat either; everything always seems so dark at the height of winter, doesn’t it? But there’s a message there I guess that kind of questions just what it is we’re meant to be celebrating, whatever date we choose to mark the occasion:
29 July 2008
Source: The Complete Guide to Pensions and Superannuation by G.D. Gilling-Smith
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