WTF? Just heard this suggestion on the news!
So people that have worked hardest to earn the most and put that in to the state should hand back some of the freebies they validly get from the state in their old age, like bus passes and free TV licences.
Why is it seen as bad to work hard and make some money? Is that not what the economy needs?
I, and many others, pay a shit load in tax and NI, and the very idea that I should forgo what I am entitled to is offensive. Sorry.
I'll claim every damn penny I am entitled to from the state given the chance, just like everyone else.
We pay for the state, some of us more than others, so why the hell should we not benefit from it!
When I do retire, if ever I do, I may damn well need it. Nobody knows how the future will pan out.
It is not a matter of "the more you pay in the more you get out", obviously. The whole notion of any state welfare is a fundamentally socialist view - but that would mean something like: "Some pay in more than others but we are all entitled to the same out of the state regardless". What seems to be suggested here is one where "The more you pay in the less you are entitled to get out" which is sort of pushing socialism too far and turning it inside out. It sounds like a Monty Python sketch now "stop that, it's silly!".