WASPI ALERT: as long as ethical knuckle-draggers with birdbrain logic can tweet rubbish about the SPA scandal, retired British women will suffer injustice.


The moronically divisive tweet above appeared on Twitter over the weekend. Mr Groves (who looks on his homepage like a 40-something) could be forgiven…..if it wasn’t clear that he is ‘ex-CEO of Partnership Group, ex-NED Guardian Financial Services, ex-NED at ERC. Current marathon runner, angel investor, PE adviser, Chair of Retirement Bridge.’

God help civilisation if the Chairman of Retirement Bridge is this densely ignorant on page 1 of The Book of Demographic Justice.

I’m not going to linger long on a banal and superficial “opinion” with all the profundity of post-drought Saharan puddles. The step by step deconstruction unfolds as follows:

  • The missing overture: A promise is a promise. The promise was broken with only the last 20 years of a 60 year term to go, after which blatant lies were told by Westminster and Whitehall about how this had been communicated to Waspi women. Had this taken place in the private sector, the culprits would have gone to jail.
  • The multiple of payback is as relevant to the argument as Groves’s self-image as an halo-bearing angel. If politicians are so innately thick as to promise such a return without setting up a invested pension fund, their graves deserve to be dug up and their spine-free bones scattered to the four winds.
  • Waspis and their supporters care not a marathon-runner’s self-inflicted ankle injury that 3/7ths of the multiple were paid back “by the young”. In their time when young, the Waspis did the same for their older recipients: it’s how the system works, you witlessly ageist pillock.
  • The missing epilogue: Waspis are being asked to accept embezzlement of a huge chunk of their 40-year NI payment record for the following amoral and indefensible reasons. (1) They’re easy meat for DWP meatheads (2) Projects like Connecting for Health, the EU, the Humber Bridge and a hundred other ego-projects pissed away the money to no purpose (3) They’re neither men or Whitehall civi servants – all of whose larger pension entitlements are equally unfunded (4) the Waspi Politburo is about as worldly, noisy and radical as as a 95 year-old fundamentalist Trappist monk.

I tweeted recently about similarly cycloptic thinking by a former Chair of the NHA, no less. But the twat-tweet at the head of this piece from six miles-per-hour thinker Steve Groves makes the NHA bigot look like a viable candidate for Mastermind 2017.

I make no apology at all for the fury of this piece. I am sick to death of the goggle-eyed, self-interested drivel poured out by DWP apologists who – half the time at least – have only their own greedy self-interest at heart. It might be useful, in fact, if Groves could reassure us all that he has no such agenda. Then we could be sure that he acted solely from limited intelligence when deciding to launch his “humble opinion” into the Twitter space.

As opinions go, it has a lot to be humble about.

Earlier re Waspi at The Slog: State embezzlement