Liam Byrne is quoted as saying that introducing lower than recommended pay increases for senior civil servants was about making public money go as far as possible in the recession.
Pay increases for anyone in the public sector should not even be on the agenda. If those in the private sector can forgo pay rises in order to safeguard their jobs, then so can the public sector - and that includes MPs regardless of whether they are ministers or not!
In any case, if making public money go as far as possible in the recession is their priority then a few P45s would help, on the basis Jobseekers allowance, housing benefit etc, is a damn sight less than their salaries.
May you and your kind Liam, Byrne in hell!
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