But first let's dismiss the silly Taxpayers Alliance
I may be an Old Age Pensioner but having a small NHS and small Public Sector pension I still pay tax.
That alone must give me an equal footing with Alex Wild who has been voicing his bright idea to cut the winter fuel allowance to pensioners, free bus passes and the Christmas bonus, which is by the way a paltry £10 once a year the same as when it was introduced in 1972, and has been demanding that the Tories hit the old of the U.K. with the austerity axe and immediately.
But it is not the actual benefits but rather the one size that fits all that needs amending
In theory the Queen is of an age to receive the annual winter fuel allowance of £100. This can vary if you have a very low income but an average pensioner couple will receive £200 once a year.
Not a huge sum of money when you consider the state retirement pension is around £115.95 a week for one person.
Older people are home more, feel the cold and often have health issues.
Free prescriptions and free bus passes can, and do, save the government huge amounts of money by helping older citizens stay well both physically and mentally. Obviously if you are a millionaire you will need none of these entitlements but at this time, if you live in the UK, you will probably be eligible.
Some wealthy older citizens give away their winter fuel allowance and rumours have it that the Tory party is sometimes a beneficiary.
In the final analysis though remember you have paid for Social Security through hefty contributions during your working life.
But offering such benefits to all is as crazy as free school meals to all children aged 5 - 7 in the UK
The way forward could and should be a generous means testing rather than swinging the austerity axe.
If the benefits are slashed wealthy pensioners in the U.K. will not notice but the rest of us will.
Alex Wild and his cohorts at the Taxpayers Alliance added insult to injury today when they also said people eligible for the old age benefits now probably would not be around in 2020 when the next general election is expected. He adds even if they are they will probably have forgotten who slashed their benefits and be easily persuaded to vote Tory.
Are they crazy?
Disrespecting elderly citizens in the U.K. in such a way is shameful. If the Tories as a party follow this advice they have truly returned to the nasty party of the U.K.
Perhaps Messrs Wild and cronies should be lobbying the Tories about off-shore tax havens, big business tax avoidance, cuts in Inheritance tax and Corporation tax and more.
The Tories are committing the country's finances to conflicts around the world, foreign aid and more yet want to hit the most vulnerable of the U.K.
When you are young retirement can see a long way off but sooner or later, unless you die young, it will be your turn. Remember too that many older citizens have also experienced tough financial times when they were young; is it too much to offer them a decent old age?
Does Britain really want a return to old people living in dire poverty?