Beyond the Noise: The Tory plan to weaponise pensions

Ben Wray

Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 news cycle and gets to the heart of issues, trying to find the substance behind the headlines

THIS week Jamieson is joined by Pensioners Forum campaigner Elinor McKenzie to discuss a new paper circulating the Tory party by the Centre for Social Justice. It argues for the raising of the pension age to 75 by 2035, indicating a new strategy among the ruling elite in the face of demographic changes.

Jamieson and McKenzie discuss:

1:27 – What have been the effects of a decade of austerity on the social and economic position of pensioners and older people?

3:45 – What kind of policies are pursued in the Centre for Social Justice report?

11:35 – Why social class takes precedent over the politics of generation when it comes to pensions.

20:39 – What pensions tell us about the internal dynamics of modern capitalism.

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