April 2, 2006


Blair fights back: Brown overruled on pensions (BRIAN BRADY, 4/02/06, Scotland on Sunday)

TONY Blair will this week use the critical issue of pension reform to mount a counter-attack on Gordon Brown as Downing Street attempts to regain control of the government.

The Prime Minister's closest aides are urging him to seize upon their differences over the future of the state pension, in an attempt to "reassert his authority" over Brown, the man who is becoming increasingly impatient to succeed him.

Blair will back an increased state pension linked to earnings and a retirement age as high as 69. Brown is vehemently opposed to any such move, favouring a cheaper means-tested system that will do more to assist the poor.

Meanwhile, they need to do both.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 2, 2006 9:21 AM
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