Part-time judges granted a £2bn pension payday… by fellow judges.

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They say that these people at the top of the food chain are so arrogant and out of touch,  that they simply don’t realise the anger building in the country.

I think I’ll start a new “Let them eat cake” section of this little blog.

I’ve just read this in the Mail today, online of course, I wouldn’t pay good money for the 98% tat they publish.

“More than 8,000 sitting and thousands more retired part-time judges will be entitled to a public-sector pension for the first time after the decision by Supreme Court judges”

The sheer greed of theses people is simply astonishing. Firstly, they haven’t paid into the pot,  it’s the plebs like you and me who will end up paying. Secondly they (the part time ones) get paid upwards of £800 per day to cast their saintly verdict over the rest of us, and now they have spent eight years, and god knows how much money for the right to a public sector pension, they haven’t paid into. I wonder how your local bin man feels about that, no I don’t, bin men work for the private sector don’t they.

(Please note, the term “bin men” is a generic, historic  reference to anyone who collects your refuse, it is not intended to discriminate against any gender or sexual orientation)

What makes the whole story more infuriating, is Cherie Booth QC, you remember her, she’s the one married to St Blair of Lynton who for some reason converted to Catholicism a few years back, is in the frame for the payout. The Mail strangely quotes the following: ” Among the beneficiaries will be Cherie Booth QC and millionaire Tory MP Stephen Phillips QC.”  That almost implies that Chezza isn’t a multi-millionaire, which of course she is. How many of us can buy our kids an exclusive London town house, for cash? Although I have to say, I was surprised when I read that about the town house, I really thought hubbies preference was for cottages.

There is an answer of course, let’s all get together and say, “No, you’re not getting the pension”, we seem to forget that they are working for us!

Anyway, enough of my twisted bile, here is the Mails article.

By ROBERT VERKAIK

PUBLISHED: 02:13, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 02:13, 17 February 2013

Taxpayers will have to pay a massive £2 billion to thousands of part-time judges after Ministers lost a seven-year court battle to stop them claiming the right to a pension.

More than 8,000 sitting and thousands more retired part-time judges will be entitled to a public-sector pension for the first time after the decision by Supreme Court judges.

Among the beneficiaries will be Cherie Booth QC and millionaire Tory MP Stephen Phillips QC.

But none of the lawyers, many of whom have earned millions of pounds in legal aid, will have to contribute to their ‘free’ pension – meaning the Treasury must find extra cash to settle the bill while at the same time cutting pay and pensions across the rest of the public sector.

MPs, public-sector workers and taxpayer groups last night condemned the decision.

Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming described the pensions payments as paying ‘silly’ money to lawyers, adding: ‘It strikes me that there is a conflict of interest if judges are sitting in judgment about the amount of money in their own pensions.’

Matthew Sinclair, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure group, said: ‘This judgment will cost taxpayers a huge amount of money at a time when they can least  afford it.’

Harry Fletcher, assistant general secretary of the probation union Napo, added: ‘Everyone else who draws a pension has paid into the relevant pot and the same should apply to part-time judges.

‘It’s clearly not fair if someone can draw a pension when they’ve not contributed to it.’

Until now part-time judges, who are paid up to £800 a day, were excluded from the Government’s generous pension deals reserved for full-time members of the judiciary.

A typical final-salary pension for a part-time judge who has served 25 years will be worth about £125,000 – or £5,000 a year over 25 years.

 

 

 

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