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[Sep. 15th, 2004|11:17 am]
Peter Sheil
Heard on the BBC news last night:-
The Government are not going to force people to work until they are 70.

I can see two interpretations of this, instinctively I choose the "wrong" one :) The mental image of all these 70 year olds being bussed into factories and being overseen by cruel overseers with whips made me smile. (I'm strange that way.)

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From: fruitbatz
2004-09-15 01:56 am (UTC)
yikes, you cant collect a pension now till your 70?
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[User Picture]From: kevinrtaylor
2004-09-15 02:10 am (UTC)
The important word was "not".
It's a policy that was rejected.
Quoting from:
http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3496684
"The Government today moved to head off growing industrial unrest by pledging not to make people work until they were 70 and announcing an important change on pensions."
(my emphasis)

While checking for the latest news on this I found:
http://www.businessreport.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=2215482
Which says among other things:
"Almost all new laptops don't come with a stiffy."
and:
"But plenty of regular, everyday computer users don't want to let their stiffy go."
and:
"I just want something simple for me and my husband to use"
What can they mean?
;-)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-09-15 03:00 am (UTC)
LOL
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-09-15 02:56 am (UTC)
At the moment it's 60 for women, 65 for men, but they are talking about raising the ages.

The "joke" was that the sentence could be taken two different - the way it was meant (that people over 70 would not have to keep on working) and "my" way (that the Government was going to start forcing people to work when they reached 70)
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[User Picture]From: kevinrtaylor
2004-09-15 01:56 am (UTC)
::waking up::
Whips?
;-)
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2004-09-15 02:47 am (UTC)
... have to wait 'till you are 70 though.

I noticed that at the next news report they'd changed the wording, guess someone had noticed the ambiguity.

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peter
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