Category Archives: Older Generation More Impacted

Euro-Scepticism and Aversion to Universal Benefits

The article below by Peter Hoskin links Work & Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith’s attack on Winter Fuel Allowance (WFA) payments for British expat pensioners, to his known euro-scepticism and aversion to universal benefits: “Now, it’s not just a matter of … Continue reading

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British Expats are “Spectators to Democracy”

As British expatriates are we fairly represented in Westminster? The answer must be no given the historically low turnout rates (a maximum of only some 30,000 registered to vote out of 5 – 6 million), and political disenfranchisement anyway after … Continue reading

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Overseas Voters can currently be Ignored?

A sense of injustice can raise the temperature in the British expatriate community in France as “Readers reply on winter fuel row”  in The Connexion, France’s English-Language Newspaper! In determining that British expatriate pensioners resident within averagely “warmer” (than the … Continue reading

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Global Citizens

A comment received from Nicholas Kent Newman in response to the previous post on the “Neglect or Apathy of British Citizens Living Abroad” drew attention to the “I’m all right Jack, pull up the ladder” attitude “which will last until for … Continue reading

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Low Turnout Should Not Mean No Vote!

Why at a time of increasing disengagement from the political process in a democratic society, are British citizens in general not more actively encouraged, or indeed inspired in the case of the younger generation, to vote? In the case of … Continue reading

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IER for Overseas Voters

One reason why registration rates for overseas voters are so low is illustrated by research below into Individual Electoral Registration (IER). A change to IER from their former and compulsary Householder Electoral Registration (HER), is already required of British citizens moving  abroad to … Continue reading

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Older Voters More Impacted by 15-Year-Limit on their Voting Rights

British political parties usually take good care of the older generation with 94% of those aged 65 or more registered to vote, compared e.g. with only 56% of 19-24 year olds, hence the recent furore over the “Granny tax” in … Continue reading

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