Mhairi Black, a 21-year-old Scottish politician who called the British government “uncaring, uncompromising and out-of-touch” in a fiery maiden speech last July, has attacked the government again, this time on the topic of pension reform. Black called out Tory MPs, including U.K. Chancellor George Osbourne, for “misleading” people about pension reform, arguing that people who were told they would have pensions should have a right to object to having them being taken away. She also attacked what she called “austerity of choice,” and questioned why the military budget was being treated as untouchable whereas people’s benefits were not: “When we want to bomb Syria we can find it [money]. When we want to refurbish Westminster we can find it, but when it comes to giving our pensioners their pension we cannot do it? I just don’t accept that whatsoever.”
At the time of her election, Black became the youngest member of parliament in 350 years. In her very first speech before the House of Commons, Black attacked the government for dropping housing for those under 21, famously calling herself “the only 20-year-old in the whole of the UK that the Chancellor is prepared to help with housing.”
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