The amount of money it will take to make good the damage happens to be close to the total needed to index our pensions in Canada, and a quarter of that required to index all British pensioners around the world - amounts the Government claims it cannot afford. It is a trivial amount to add to the country's annual pension bill of pounds 30bn and for wiping the blemish from its one-time worldwide good name for fairness.
One hour before the fire, so to speak, the Government was in the most dire financial straits; one hour later . . . well, demonstrably, not really. Her Majesty has received a petition from a unanimous Ontario legislature, endorsed by the Ontario government representing 10 million people, asking her to intercede with her ministers to end the manifest injustice we suffer.
Forty-three per cent of expatriate pensioners have their pensions indexed, 57 per cent do not - and they have all paid into the National Insurance fund and served their country equally.
It is an emergency and many have not survived it, by which I mean they have died, waiting desperately over the years for the return of logic and elementary justice.
President, Canadian Alliance of British Pensioners