Ministers hopeful that pension age rise will finish you off

THE government is hoping to finish you off early by raising the state pension age, it has been claimed.

Britain’s ageing population must now work until 75 to qualify for a state pension, but ministers are quietly confident you won’t make it that far.

A government spokesman said: “Nobody wants to be a burden on the state, and this is a great opportunity for hard-working Brits to keel over at their desks with a final exhausted wheeze, like a deflating tyre.

“We’re also introducing tax breaks to encourage elderly workers into strenuous manual jobs that are really taxing on the heart, like rock-breaking.”

Office worker Julian Cook said: “I imagine my slumped corpse will be discovered at my desk when the night cleaner gives it a shake to check I’m not actually asleep.

“It’s all worth it though, if it means I’ve helped the economy in some small way. I never liked golf anyway.”

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Your astrological week ahead, with Psychic Bob

Pisces (20 FEB-20 MAR)
Embarrassment on Saturday when you ask the shop assistant what this catchy song about giving in to your urges and killing everybody is, and she explains that there’s no music on. 

Aries (21 MAR-19 APRIL)
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Taurus (20 APRIL–20 MAY)
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Gemini (21 MAY-20 JUN)
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Cancer (21 JUN-22 JUL)
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Leo (23 JUL-22 AUG)
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Virgo (23 AUG-22 SEP)
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Libra (23 SEP-23 OCT)
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Scorpio (24 OCT-21 NOV)
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Sagittarius (22 NOV-21 DEC)
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Capricorn (22 DEC-19 JAN)
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Aquarius (20 JAN-19 FEB)
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