Mike Cap plans fall­ing flat for Tories

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PRIME Min­is­ter Theresa May’s ef­fort to end aus­ter­ity last week didn’t quite get the plau­dits she hoped for.

It was an­nounced the 1% pub­lic sec­tor pay cap was to be lifted and ob­vi­ously she and Chan­cel­lor Philip Hammond ex­pected the coun­try to cel­e­brate.

But af­ter seven years of grief, first from the Con­ser­va­tive-led coali­tion with the Lib Dems and now the Tories on their own af­ter a £1bn DUP bung helped them form a mi­nor­ity govern­ment, this coun­try has learned to look at the small print be­fore giv­ing its opinion.

The small print here was that it had been lifted for a se­lect group of pub­lic sec­tor work­ers – not all of them by any means – and the ‘lucky’ ones were still go­ing to get a pay rise less than the rate of in­fla­tion.

In other words, the Govern­ment’s ver­sion of end­ing aus­ter­ity is grant­ing these work­ers a small­erthan-usual pay cut. It’s like a bully

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