I have just returned from a three-week business trip to the Far East, taking in Singapore, Sydney and Dubai.
It was my first business trip in three years due to Covid-19 lockdowns.
While I was away, there was a change of Prime Ministers, which was done without the members of the Conservative Party having a vote.
The Conservative Parliamentary Party anointed a new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and Jeremy Hunt as Chancellor, this is despite both candidates being rejected quite recently in leadership campaigns by the members of the Conservative Party.
In Jeremy Hunt’s case, twice, when he faced off against Boris Johnson in 2019 and then when he was the first to be rejected by MPs in the Liz Truss victory, as was Rishi Sunak.
In the normal course of events, a general election would swiftly follow, and the electorate would be asked to decide on who they want to run the country.
But before that happens Mr Sunak and Mr Hunt will present to the Great British Public their autumn statement on Thursday and we are all expected to applaud them for doing their best for the country, while they do not have a mandate from the Conservative Party members and the electorate.
However, what makes it worse is rumours the Sunak/Hunt led Government is going to break the triple lock on pensions, which was originally introduced by the Conservative/Lib Dem Government in 2010 and was a flagship Conservative policy.
The triple lock is a guarantee state pensions are protected against the rise in inflation. Which is why I am supporting the Daily Express campaign to stop the Government breaking the triple lock and imposing a lower than inflation-linked rise in state pensions.
The rumours are swirling because currently inflation is running at ten percent and this would mean state pension costs for the Government could rise by up to £25 billion a year if they stick to the triple lock and pay pensioners an inflation-linked 10 percent increase on their state pensions.
But the high cost of inflation is not the fault of pensioners and if anything, they are the biggest victims of high inflation as most of their income is reduced after they finish work.
Not only this but over the last few years, the retirement age has been pushed back by a few years, so people must work longer before they can retire.
Often, they move to small properties to reduce their outgoings and in many cases to release some capital so they can help their children and grandchildren get on the property ladder. They are the salt of the earth, and we should cherish them.
So why would any Government even contemplate penalising the very people that helped build this country when they should be doing the opposite?
Pensioners that have worked hard all their lives so they can live a good retirement and enjoy the last years of their lives should not see a drop in their living standards because the Government says it cannot afford it.
Yet this Government can afford over £1.5 billion a year on housing illegal immigrants, paying their bills, giving them free cash handouts and housing them in five-star hotels.
This Government has also committed to spending £11.6 billion as our commitment to climate change following the Prime Minister’s visit to COP27.
There is even talk of climate change reparations to poorer countries.
If this Government breaks the triple lock, ordinary people up and down the country will be saying that this Government does not support its own.
It is paying billions to other countries and illegal immigrants and reducing pensions to find the cash.
If this Government breaks the triple lock, then they should hang their heads in shame for abandoning our beloved pensioners at a time when they need the Government most.
I urge this Government to maintain the triple lock and support our pensioners in their time of need.