Tories try to take credit for Lib Dem Steve Webb’s Pensions Triple Lock

As the election campaign hots up, all the parties are emailing those who have signed up to their email lists on all sorts of issues.

In the past few days, we’ve seen one from Harriet Harman admonishing the recipient for not responding to Labour’s opinion survey. It had one question, basically “Are you voting Labour?” There wasn’t even a “maybe” option.

We’ve seen a missive David Cameron (or his digital equivalent) has emailed to his distribution list to take credit for the pensions triple lock. The wording looks like it’s been copied and pasted from a Liberal Democrat equivalent.

Now, everyone knows that that was Liberal Democrat pensions guru Steve Webb’s idea. If you look in the 2010 Tory manifesto, you see a commitment to restoring the link to earnings, but that’s about it.

In contrast, this is what the Lib Dem manifesto had to say:

Manifesto triple lock


Nice try, Dave, but it won’t wash.


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  • My dad replied to that email saying exactly this: he was most annoyed, bless him.
    He asked me if he ought to try to unsubscribe from the tory emailing list – he has no idea how he got on it – but I find his furious rants about the contents of the emails far too amusing to ever let him do that… 😉

  • Philip Thomas 25th Feb '15 - 6:47pm

    Oh, Steve Webb’s responsible for the triple lock is he? It is a good thing he isn’t the PPC for my constituency, I’d have difficulty voting for someone personally responsible for an over £12bn increase in welfare spending over the duration of the Parliament.

  • Little Jackie Paper 25th Feb '15 - 6:57pm

    I am yet to hear any compelling justification for the triple lock pension. And the pensioner ringfence for that matter.

    If Labour had come up with the triple lock policy, what would the Coalition response be?

  • I also do not see what there is to be so proud of by the triple lock pension.

    All the money that has been saved from the welfare budget to “working age benefits” has been cancelled out by the increases to Pensioner related benefits.

    This coalition justified the cuts to welfare due to the spiraling out of control welfare costs and the need to get the deficit under control, which lets face it was a pile of poop. It was simply about sweetening up the silver vote { The ones who tend to vote} on the backs of the poor and vulnerable {who don’t tend to vote}

    It is a disgrace

    Then to top it off, Liberal Democrats in Government approved these “pensioner bonds” which allows well off pensioners with £40k laying around to invest money at 4%. A cost of Hundreds of Millions of pounds to the Tax payer.
    What happened to the priority of paying down the deficit?

    This is outrageous and you know it..

  • Roger Heape 25th Feb '15 - 7:17pm

    Sorry but” everyone ” does not know that the triple lock was a Lib idea.It is up to us to shout from the roof and take credit for all the economic achievements of the coalition as well as our own successes.

    Currently we seem to be being squeezed in the air war by the two main parties.This has serious ramifications for the success of our GE campaign.Our poll ratings currently largely languish in single figures. We need desperately to get them into double figures in the next four weeks in time for dissolution of parliament and the proper GE campaign on the 30th March.Failure to do that will mean us being painted as losers. In effect the GE is like a huge by election.If we are still in single figures and not in third place then w e risk being squeezed further.This would undermine our ground war focusing on our held seats.
    We are virtually invisible at present.We can’t expect any significant poll rating increases unless we achieve greater visibility.

  • Tony Greaves 25th Feb '15 - 8:21pm

    Anyone who thinks that “all the parties are emailing people who have signed up to their email lists” is living in cloud cuckoo land. They are emailing every damned email address they can get hold of, by whatever means. The get round the law (if they bother) by telling them (often in tiny letters) how they can unsubscribe.


  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 25th Feb '15 - 8:46pm

    @jennie: I love the sound of your Dad. Mine’s a Tory:=(

  • Katherine Hesketh-Holt 25th Feb '15 - 9:23pm

    @Caron count yourself lucky. .. mine posts on here!!! I think you may have come across him! 😉

  • Caron Lindsay Caron Lindsay 25th Feb '15 - 9:33pm

    If his name is Stephen, I think I might have done:-).

  • Stephen Hesketh 25th Feb '15 - 9:39pm

    This Katherine Hesketh-Holt person has obviously inherited her father’s sense humour and impeccable political values! Though luckily for her, her mothers looks 🙂

  • Peter Davies 25th Feb '15 - 10:00pm

    The triple lock was in the coalition agreement so both parties can take some credit. The structural changes are certainly Steve’s babies. They’re a lot harder to explain than just giving people more money but they are probably the area for which we deserve the greatest credit.

  • suzanne fletcher 26th Feb '15 - 9:34am

    I hear too often that pensioners complain how badly the government has treated them. they are taking the rhetoric from labour. we do need to make it very clear what has been done – and in words with more meaning than “triple lock”, too.
    Also it was in the coalition agreement, but only because we insisted on it being in there.

  • Political party is economical with the truth in run-up to election…..Excuse me if I don’t seem too surprised

  • Little Jackie Paper 26th Feb '15 - 6:23pm

    Ian Sanderson – Really?

    In particular, page 6 – ‘Pensioners’ mean net income has grown faster than incomes for the whole population over the last fourteen years. Net income After Housing Costs for pensioner units has grown by 37 per cent between 1998/99 and 2012/13 in real terms, whereas mean incomes for the whole population have risen by 12 per cent in real terms over the same period.’

    The table at page 17 is also interesting.

    Exactly how much Xmas bonus is it you want?

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