Op-ed: Wednesday new Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond announced his autumn statement in the House of Commons.
The whole process was less time consuming than it can be but it still entailed spin, hyperbole and what I would term " stuff and nonsense."
The mainstream media has picked up on bits and pieces from the budget and spun a fair few stories out of what was a quite forgettable budget.
As a pensioner the msm spin re pensions caught my eye.
According to the Independent "Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted the state pension will no longer be ring-fenced from spending cuts after 2020 – raising for the first time the prospect of pensioners' benefits being cut as part of the Government’s austerity measures."
That is as expected. The triple lock pension promise was made by David Cameron; one of many aimed at keeping older voters supporting the Tories, those that do that is.
But look at this statement from the same report "However, he suggested that after that  changes may be needed in order to “tackle the challenge of rising longevity” - the growing financial costs of people living longer."
So the way to tackle the challenge of rising longevity is what? Cut their incomes, make them struggle, hit the quality of life and what? Hope they die sooner rather than later?
And again it will be an attack on the poorer pensioners. Plus ones like me who have a small additional pension which means I am ineligible to receive pension credits and associated benefits.
Will the the state pension age rise further?
Well it could. That adds more financial pain for many people. Too many older people end up too young to receive a pension, too old to find work and living on a pittance as the benefit that fills the gap continues to be whittled away.
If you are young and think that will never be you as you will plan for your old age and make financial arrangements, think again.
Life can throw a great deal at you and scupper each and every plan in some cases.
Then there are those goalposts that are moved, moved and moved again.
If politicians decide to up the retirement age again will they make it fair?
Currently there is a new flat rate pension touted as an improvement but unless you were born after a certain date you will not get it. You will remain on the existing pension with a lower tax allowance for good measure.
Transitional arrangements for older people caught in the current pension age increase trap are insufficient and adding to financial hardship.
But between now and 2020 anything could happen.
As soon as the date of the next general election is set watch out for promises that will melt like snow.
In the meantime expect each and every assault on your income to be blamed on BRexit.
The new state pension will not be the best option for all http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/pensions/12007716/Ill-be-28000-worse-off-with-the-new-state-pension-and-no-one-told-me.html
But the two men who massacred people at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris were already on Special Forces radar. That indicates enough information is being gathered but the problem lies with what security forces do with the information.
There are no indications that resurrecting the so-called snooping law in the UK would have led to a different outcome.
As for pensioners the Tories agenda has been slashing what it calls non-working benefits though I would argue most have been paid for over years of contributions into the system. I certainly do not class the State Pension as a 'welfare payment' not after paying into the system for too many years.
They will not want to alienate the 'grey-brigade' before the May 2015 General Election. After that time Cameron and Osborne have millions of pounds worth of further cuts planned--that is if they are returned to office.
What will a different government do about pensions? Time will tell.
The BBC report carries plenty of information to analyse and assess. Including:
Some with a private or workplace pension provision are contracted out of some of the state second pension, which is being integrated into the new flat-rate state pension. This means they will receive a lower amount. Others have a gap in their National Insurance contributions.
September 2015 update;
According to AOL "New state pension blow for women: hundreds of thousands miss out"