My reasons are as follows:
- While I feel that something does need to be done about public sector pensions; this should be a change only for new joiners rather than existing employees. I do not feel that making existing civil servants work longer and pay more while getting less is correct - it is a fundamental change to their contract.
- The arguments about the conditions in the private sector are a logical fallacy - what they are doing is not a reason for the public sector to do the same.
- The arguments about turnout are also spurious. An abstention is not a "no" and anyway, most politicians weren't elected by a majority of their electorate.
- Lord Hutton's review points out that many of these pension schemes are not "gold-plated" at all - in half of public sector workers get less than £5,600 a year.
- The "£500 million" cost that the Coalition cites is nothing compared with the cost of the too far and too fast cuts.