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Tory minister 'wanted UK pensioners to be low-wage fruit pickers ...

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Yoda-, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

  2. guinnesspuss

    guinnesspuss Star commenter

    I've not even got to old-age pensionable age yet and my knees and back play up from time to time.
    Lara mfl 05 and Yoda- like this.
  3. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    'Arbeit macht frei' on the gate to the farm, that's how it all started - saves on the pensions.
  4. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    I'll only do it if it's soft fruit and they let me eat as many raspberries as I want and then take some home.
  5. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    I would pick fruit, but only the rotten ones to throw at Tory ministers.
  6. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    PM's and the Lords can sit there sewing mailbags in parliament so we can see them doing something productive, might help keep them awake too.
  7. applecrumblebumble

    applecrumblebumble Lead commenter

    Extend it to the unemployed and it saves on the food banks. A much healthier diet.
    Yoda- likes this.
  8. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Do not give them any further ideas
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  9. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    Outrageous idea. UK pensioners want others to be low wage fruit pickers - that's more like it!
  10. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

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    £520.75 an hour, yes he's in an excellent position to make pronouncements on the lives of ordinary people.
    grumpydogwoman likes this.
  11. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Is it April 1st already???? Doesn't time fly.
  12. lexus300

    lexus300 Star commenter

    Sieg heil!
  13. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Whoops! Why did the word "them" suddenly appear?

    I wonder what other ideas they have now that they could introduce, without the Liberals keeping them in check?

    We have had some pretty outrageous policies so far, the bed room tax, the new points system to destroy disabled provision.....
  14. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    I think what happened is this.

    In cabinet someone said they should target the low-hanging fruit in terms of pursuing austerity measures. Someone else mentioned cutting pensions and the two ideas got conflated.
    Flere-Imsaho likes this.
  15. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Wouldn't do much for farmers' productivity. My mother would probably manage to pick 2 apples before needing a long rest on her walking frame.
    InkyP and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  16. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    Erm if you read the piece it says a lib dem member said he said it.Personally i wouldn't trust a lib dem member anyway.IF it was an idea proposed then ideas are proposed and often abandoned......but can we be sure its a true statement or an allegation?
    However you might also remember that many families of all ages used to hop and fruit pick in days of yore.and for basic wages.
    Mind you i dont think i could do that sort of job all day long.
    Yoda- likes this.
  17. Dunteachin

    Dunteachin Star commenter

    I can't get my state pension for another six years - I might well be reduced to ruddy fruit picking.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  18. Geoff Thomas

    Geoff Thomas Star commenter

    It's Paterson; so it could be true. He's raving.
  19. rosievoice

    rosievoice Star commenter

    One in the basket, one in the mouth. You'll have a lovely diet of fresh fruit, your bowels will be energised with all the fibre they're getting, your skin will be glowing with all the vitamins you're consuming and the sunshine exposure will boost your vitamin D levels which will help with aching muscles. The government are actually doing the elderly a great service, and should market it as a spa experience....
    Lara mfl 05 and Yoda- like this.
  20. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    Good point.

    Allegedly, a Tory ministers idea to save on pensions in the coalition. Work pensioners instead of paying pensions, by forcing them to pick fruit. Not even the minimum wage. Nice twist. Nasty or what?

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