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What fresh Weedgie insanity is this?

Despite the fact that the private sector is being hit hard by the recession, it seems that—surprise, sur-fucking-prise—there are no such problems in the public sector.
Workers at Scotland's biggest local authority, Glasgow City Council, will be paid a new minimum wage of £7 an hour, in a drive to tackle low pay.

Council leader Steven Purcell said the move would boost the wage packets of the lowest paid staff by more than £1,100 a year.

He issued a challenge to other employers to do the same.

The £7 Glasgow rate will come into force on 1 April - ten years since the national minimum wage was introduced.

Glasgow has some of the poorest wards in the country; it has vast swathes of people on benefits. However, crucially, something like 70% of the population derive their primary income from the state—so they will benefit hugely.

Two questions have to be asked, of course. The first is, "where the fuck is the money going to come from, you dolts? You are going to have to jack up Council Tax, aren't you? So you are going to pay people more, and then rip it back from them, you evil cunts."

The second question is, "are there Council Elections coming up soon, perchance?" Since those on benefits will not, of course, be paying any Council Tax, they will have no disincentive to vote this bunch of shysters back in; so, the inevitable rise will only affect "the rich", i.e. those who actually work for a living and, more crucially, those who actually create wealth.

And, in Glasgow, such wealth creators are in the fucking minority.


Anonymous said…
There's a disturbing number of middle-class English lefties, educated in sociology at the new universities, who've colonised Glasgow in pursuit of well-paid public sector jobs.

Personally, I'm just happy to know that my Council Tax is going to good use - and not, for example, to fund regular garbage collection, street cleaning or repairs to the roads.
Anonymous said…
I have long felt that we should adopt the corollary of "no taxation without representation"; ie. No Representation Without Taxation.
If everyone had to put his hand in his pocket, however small the amount, then maybe the socialist agenda would be slowed, if not halted altogether.
mister_choos said…
I believe the oily fish has frozen Scottish Council Tax this year. So any increase in council budgets will come from the Scottish Parliament budget.

That means all you English taxpayers will be paying for the privelidge of reducing poverty for council workers.
Owen Millions said…
Why are you surprised? The aim of all socialism is to build a society so utterly dependent on the state that it cannot function or even breathe if there was ever a change of policy.

In other words, you are fucked if you carry on voting for NuLab and even more fucked (were that possible) if you vote them out.

Your future is red. And not just debt...
Hugh said…
You all always miss the main point of this kind of tale. Taxpayers money is the state's by right, as much of it as they want and demanded with menaces. Don't you realise that you are just being selfish and greedy by thinking that the money you earn is yours? How would society function if we all took that attitude!
Martin said…
Anon 02:18,

I have recently blogged about the concept of No Representation Without Taxation; in the context, of course, of Lord Ashcroft.
Deadbeat Dad said…
A miserly £7? Why didn't they just go the whole hog and jack it up to the nearest tenner?

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