British Prime Minister David Cameron apologised to Dennis Skinner during prime minister’s question time for his remark in a previous exchange in the house of commons, in which he told him he should start taking his pension. The Prime Minister apologised for this, saying that Dennis Skinner is a welcome ornament to the palace of Westminster.
Dennis Skinner asked if Jeremy Hunt should keep his cabinet job as culture secretary after the revelation of his links to News Corporation.
In response Cameron quipped “Well, the honourable gentleman has the right, at any time, to take his pension and I advise him to do so.” (It was presumed he was talking about Skinner rather than Hunt).
It is not possible to distinguish if the U-turn is due to a genuine change of heart from Cameron, or if he the problem was the clash with government Pension policy which envisages people working for longer and longer times. Making greater contributions to their pensions which they never draw on.