Mike Cap plans falling flat for Tories
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