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Most recent annotations on things by Shailesh Vara

  • George Morley: Mr Vara you say : "At the Commonwealth Trade Ministers meeting next month, we have the perfect opportunity to make a powerful statement to our Commonwealth partners by doing just that." Why do... (24 February 2017)
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  • George Morley: I would remind Shailesh Vara that the current Frozen Pensioners were previously UK taxpayers and that his comment is unworthy of him as we would never have condoned this discrimination had we... (13 May 2016)
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  • George Morley: You say that It is important that we do not just look at this from one narrow perspective which is exactly what you are doing. We have to first forget about any reference to Reciprocal... (13 May 2016)
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  • George Morley: The annotation by Andy Robertson-Fox clearly points out the error that Shailesh Vara and other Members of Parliament are happy to quote in defence of this unacceptable policy. The very fact that... (13 May 2016)
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  • Andy Robertson-Fox: The whole comment about reciprocal agreements is the old DWP red-herring and an FOI disclosure has long since confirmed that such agreements are toally unnecessary and the UK government could... (13 May 2016)
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  • Andy Robertson-Fox: The rules regarding the payment of pensions by the governments in Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand, and indeed any other overseas country, are totally irrelevant. The suggestion... (13 May 2016)
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  • Andy Robertson-Fox: Oh dear, the same old long discredited excuses the DWP churns out. - Sorry Mr. Vara I realise that you are simply the spokesman here. That pensions are uprated in EEA countries and those that... (13 May 2016)
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  • Andy Robertson-Fox: This motion may not dovetail with a rather nit-picking referral to a flaw but the main thrust of the argument remains the same. The fact is that , as Sir Peter Bottomley pointed out, the annual... (13 May 2016)
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  • Andy Robertson-Fox: In 1976 the current bilateral agreement between the UK and Canada was signed but it did not include the payment of up rated pensions. This was because the UK government were not satisfied with... (13 May 2016)
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  • George Morley: Quote ; "whereas the new state pension provides clarity from an early age as to what they can expect. In future, they will know that they can expect over £8,000 a year from the state—a solid... (10 May 2016)
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  • John west: Yeah unfortunately should the Treasury agree that this is barbaric and total discriminatory, my huge fear it goes to the vote and we all know the result either abstaining or voting against. all... (20 February 2016)
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  • John west: Also "They Work for You" Really!!!! (11 February 2016)
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  • John west: Also "They Work for You" Really!!!! (11 February 2016)
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  • John west: Also this can be sorted very quickly if all parties have the will to do this. It is insulting and degrading and well other people getting all the benefits going , without contributing one single... (11 February 2016)
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  • John west: Hi All Yes agree 200 per cent agree with BC GM and JD As for the Under Secretary I am afraid so out of touch, like it seems most of the politicians simply do not care about the 4 per cent on... (11 February 2016)
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  • John west: Hi All Yes agree 200 per cent agree with BC GM and JD As for the Under Secretary I am afraid so out of touch, like it seems most of the politicians simply do not care about the 4 per cent on... (11 February 2016)
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  • Andy Robertson-Fox: The honourable gentlemen probably shook his head not in doubting that some countries make pension payments on the basis of means but because they had to to cover the irresponsible attitude of the... (10 February 2016)
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  • Dennis Purvis: I just have to respond to Mr.Vara's monumentally fatuous remarks on Frozen pensions. I would seem as though just because something has been practised for a long time, makes it acceptable. If that... (10 February 2016)
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  • James Tilley: Mr Vara, please reflect on this conclusion from the Parliamentary Select Committee on pensions in 1996-7; “Britain was alone among the OECD countries in discriminating between pensioners... (10 February 2016)
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  • Anne Puckridge: Mr. Vara, In defence of your stance on the UK policy of freezing pensions, you quote that this has been the policy of successive Governments for the past 70 years or so . Yes, the freezing of... (9 February 2016)
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  • Jane Davies: Politicians are still not getting it....ALL state pensioners are entitled to be treated the same, where they live in retirement is irrelevant. As for your comment Mr Vara.......... "It... (9 February 2016)
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  • George Morley: In addition to my previous annotation. You say : given that in the forthcoming year the Government will spend an additional £2.1 billion more than we are spending at present. There is... (9 February 2016)
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  • Brian Corrigan: George Morley is correct in his comment. It should also be made clear that the 560,000 pensioners affected by this discriminatory policy have paid their mandatory NI contributions and are... (9 February 2016)
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  • George Morley: I regret to say that the statement by you with respect to other countries and any contribution that may or may not be given by them is totally irrelevant. As Steve Webb said, the UK is... (9 February 2016)
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  • Andy Robertson-Fox: Oh really? I think you need to do a bit of homework, Sir! There are currently 550,000 pensioners who will not get an increase under the triple lock because for them it is a quadruple lock;... (4 February 2016)
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