Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem Leader, came up with yet another of his "brilliant ideas". He told business people that he wants to introduce legislation to help employers sack older employees.
So, I ask Nick Clegg: World till you die or be unemployed till you die?
The inconsistencies of pension age policies are all too evident. They want to raise the age of retirement and then they say "sack them because they are too old!"
Is this supposed to encourage employers to hire older workers?
They also plan to change the rules to apply for welfare payments and those who do not find a job within six months lose their benefits.
Let's see how it works:
1) Your employer sacks you because you are too old.
2) You go to a Job Centre Plus and apply for jobseekers' allowance and other benefits.
3) Six months later, without having found a job, you lose your welfare payments.
You will be old and unemployed, without benefits but still forced to pay National Insurance and other taxes to keep your pension and a roof over your head.
Lovely idea, Nick Clegg. Why don't you tell older people to jump into the Thames River. Would that be helpful?