Pay cap could see the end of Tories

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Af­ter pun­ish­ing strug­gling fam­i­lies with aus­ter­ity for years be­cause there was al­legedly no money in the cof­fers, in­cred­i­bly a stag­ger­ing £1bil­lion was found to ap­pease the DUP in an at­tempt to reach a deal and keep May’s so-called “strong and sta­ble” Gov­ern­ment in power.

It would be a joke if it wasn’t so se­ri­ous with the cuts hav­ing tragic con­se­quences to ser­vices in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. And now, af­ter seem­ingly of­fer­ing a ray of hope that the cap on the wages of em­ploy­ees of our front­line ser­vices would be lifted, May makes an­other U-turn and has adamantly re­fused a much­needed mea­gre pay in­crease.

This could be the last straw that will bring down the Tories. Labour must cash in on its new-found suc­cess and rally its mem­bers for a fi­nal as­sault on this mil­lion­aire-backed, self-serv­ing Gov­ern­ment. Neil Ather­ton St He­lens, Mersey­side So, Theresa May has re­fused to budge on the 1% cap on public sec­tor pay, af­ter cru­elly build­ing hopes up that she would scrap it. De­fend­ing her de­ci­sion in Par­lia­ment, she echoed Ge­orge Os­borne claim­ing the Tories had in­her­ited the big­gest deficit in peace­time his­tory and said we must “live within our means”. Well, Mrs May, if that’s the case what about the MPs’ pay rise and the £1bil­lion given to the DUP? Per­haps she should shake the money tree a lit­tle harder be­cause we’ve had a bel­ly­ful of aus­ter­ity and cuts hit­ting the poorer peo­ple of this coun­try. Dave Mel­lor, War­ring­ton As a nurse, I have never voted Tory be­cause I have never be­lieved in the sin­gu­lar greed of cap­i­tal­ism. Yet even if I had, I’d be strongly ad­vis­ing Mrs May to cut the Bri­tish work­ing class some much needed slack on public sec­tor pay.

It is al­most as if she wants to be ousted by the elec­torate, as she has no ra­tio­nal an­swers to any of the prob­lems with which she is sur­rounded. Carry on, Mrs May, the cor­ner you’re paint­ing your­self into is close at hand. Na­dine Neve, Sils­den, West Yorks

As Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters act like squab­bling chil­dren over fund­ing public ser­vices, it has been left to the Chan­cel­lor Philip Ham­mond to in­sist that we have a “grown-up de­bate” about tax in­creases to fund public ser­vices. This is all very well, but shouldn’t we fund our public ser­vices first and then have a grown-up de­bate about tax in­creases to fund Tri­dent and tax cuts for the wealthy? Shaun Shute, Glouces­ter

It makes my blood boil when Labour won’t de­fend them­selves from Tory at­tacks that their mis­man­age­ment of the econ­omy is the rea­son aus­ter­ity is pushed on us. The Tories have been in power for past seven years and what have they got to show for their man­age­ment of our econ­omy? Vas­ant Mistry, Har­row, Middx

The Tories are dog­matic in their be­lief in mar­ket forces un­til it comes to public sec­tor wages. Nurses are leav­ing the pro­fes­sion in droves be­cause of fall­ing wages. Doesn’t sup­ply and de­mand sug­gest that wages should rise where there is a skills short­age? Ken McGrath, Maltby South Yorks

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