Some union woman - from Unison, I think she said - has been on Radio 4's PM claiming that Brown should grant the above-inflation pay rise she wants for her members, for two reasons:
- No public sector worker (haha) should be awarded a pay rise below inflation.
Yes, she really said that.
Eh? What? Would this also apply to private sector workers? To everyone, then? The stupid cow must be an economist... not. Give me strength.
And now here's a real beaut:
- Since January 2007 the government has made 3 point something billion pounds' worth of efficiency savings, so they can afford it.
More economic crap of a high order. But—bless her, this is lovely. Music to my ears. And celestial symphonies to the ears of George Osborne, I should think.
If Gordo has, in a single year, made savings of fully half what Gideon said he would make in a whole Parliament, to unattractive sneers from the nosepicker and a chorus of howling from his lackeys, Gideon can bite his thumb at Brown any time he sees the man.
Actually, of course, whether or not the One-Eyed King has made £3 billion in efficiency savings is, unfortunately, of absolutely no relevance whatsoever. Why?
Because public sector borrowing last year—estimated at some £30 billion—was, in fact, double that figure, at about £60 billion*.
The Gobblin' King hasn't got a fucking dime and that, lady, is why your members will just have to shut their fucking faces and be happy with what they've got.
* It might actually be higher than that now: see this post. In 2006/07, government spending was £552.2 billion, but tax receipts only came to £423.7 billion. That's a pretty hefty discrepancy.
Spending plans, from the first of April 2007 until the end of March 2008, has the government spending £586.6 billion, but only receiving £453.4 billion in tax.
Gordon has no fucking money, quod erat demonstrandum.