On the 12th of September 1994 Marti Pellow was singing Love is All Around while Bill Clinton was a happy president who had not had relations with that woman yet, although someone did crash a stolen Cessna 150 onto the South Lawn of the White House presumably aiming for him. More importantly, the whirlwind that is Mhairi Black was born on a cold Monday in Paisley.
Mhairi will not reach the retirement age of 65 years until 12th September 2059, meaning she has 43.7 years to go. This was no hindrance to her leading a parliamentary debate to address the 2.6 million women falling victim to having their state pension age raised without being given any kind of reasonable notice to plan for retirement.
In an articulate and passionate debate, Mhairi Black the Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire South since 2015, when she spectacularly defeated Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander, said:
“The pace of the changes in the pension age equalisation programme have placed an unfair burden on women.”
Mhairi made a point of thanking WASPI (Women Against State Pension Inequality) for campaigning against unfair changes to the State Pension Age imposed on women born in the 1950s, who’s petition you can still sign: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/110776
It is worth noting the total and utter arrogant contempt shown by the Tories who almost all never turned up for the important debate. Mhairi put the issue into context as she wrapped up the debate by saying
“We can afford Nuclear weapons, we can afford to send airstrikes to Syria, but we can’t afford to look after our pensioners?”
The motion put across so passionately by Mhairi Black was passed unanimously although the Tories abstained as they did from attendance. This should force a governmental review.
Mhairi may be a little more conflicted tomorrow night as her (and my) beloved Partick Thistle face her local Paisley side St. Mirrren, with fellow Jags fan Jamie Hepburn, the SNP MSP Minister for Sport also set to be in attendance. I hope to see her there and commend Mhairi Black for yet another significant Westminster impact. I might even buy her a Paisley Pie. The mind truly boggles about what Mhairi can achieve in that time given what she has so far achieved at precisely Twenty-One years and One Hundred and Seventeen days young! You can witness the eloquent and persuasive case put by Mhairi here: