Bloated public sectors are encouraged to work 4-day weeks and watch TV at work

THE pompous indignation of Whitehall’s class of gilded mandarins is magnificent to behold.

For reasons that are incomprehensible, “The Blob” has self-identified as a protected species.

The pompous indignation of Whitehall's class of gilded mandarins is magnificent to behold


The pompous indignation of Whitehall’s class of gilded mandarins is magnificent to behold

It has ruled that it is exempt from such challenges as commuting to work or even worrying about work as a place worth commuting to.

In a fit of confided anger, public sector unions are threatening to ax over 90,000 phantom jobs through natural waste, saving £3.5billion a year for cash-strapped taxpayers.

How will we tell the difference when they do?

Will there be longer queues for passports, driver’s licenses or cancer treatments?

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It’s hard to imagine a more unpopular thing at this moment of economic crisis. . . a bloated public sector that makes the lives of the taxpayers who pay its wages even more miserable.

While the rest of us struggle to heat homes, feed families and—increasingly—keep our jobs, the overinflated blob hovers quietly in pink clouds above us.

Public sector unions have been a source of contention since Boris Johnson took office as Prime Minister.

They’re being emboldened by a Covid blast of perks and power – working from home or on a sun-kissed foreign beach, four-day weekends, watching TV, putting on weight.

Union bosses, like conquering armies, will never give up territorial gains that are costing the country a fortune.

So it is the duty of this government to fight back for all of us.

Militants have inadvertently drawn voters’ attention to the grotesque distinctions between government and private employment.

WHY Should those whose jobs and mortgages are now in jeopardy subsidize civil servants whose terms of employment make them almost irredeemable?

WHY Are government employees paid an average of 11 PERCENT more than the rest of the workforce?

WHY – the biggest question of all – are peanut pension taxpayers subsidizing £2.4 trillion worth of gilded pensions, more than the entire UK national debt?

These are the ever-growing pension obligations that threaten our children and grandchildren for generations to come.

Privileged officials might ask themselves the same questions before beginning to dance to the militants’ bidding.

The public sector pension scandal was ignored for decades.

Now it’s firmly back on the table, provoked by the absurdly named First Division Association and the TUC.

Together they challenge a democratically elected government.

Their pension benefit, unmatched anywhere else in the real world, offers six million government clerks – one in five of the entire UK workforce – the kind of comfortable old age that other workers can only dream of.


The NHS alone has more than 20,000 pensioners with pensions of over £50,000 a year – twice the average income.

This compares to the state pension of £9,628.

The value of such inflation-proof treats is amazing.

It increases the face value of a salary by 50 per cent – so £30,000 is actually worth £45,000.

The real cost is almost certainly higher, obscured by Treasury bills and mirrors.

Officials contribute to their pension, of course, but not nearly as much as we would pay others for such a price.

And I’m not talking about hard-working nurses, prison guards, nurses, and other low-paid workers.

That £50,000 a year would require savings of £1million at pre-inflation interest rates – well beyond most people’s wildest imaginations.

At a time when we are obsessed with equality and fairness, this is shockingly unfair.

Public sector unions behave like mobsters of the mafia.

It would be a brave PM to scrap this stunning scam immediately.

But as a senior cabinet minister said last night: ‘No one outside the government sector provides such services.

“It would be difficult to do anything about existing pension rights. But looking at the next generation would make sense.”

In the meantime, we’ll be paying for this ever-growing bonanza out of taxed income month-to-month.

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Because there isn’t a dime in the public sector pension pot to pay a bill that already exceeds £2.5bn a year – or £89 for every household in the country.

Which leaves the average player struggling to make ends meet with a cost of living explosion and lucky enough to have £500 saved without a pension pot to contribute to.

Very symbolic

UKRAINE’s well-deserved Eurovision victory was highly symbolic.

So was Sam Ryder’s place in second.

After all, Britain has been behind the Kiev regime since the beginning of the conflict.

It was worth giving up what may be a rare British victory for a country bravely fighting for its very existence against the mad Vlad Putin.

There will also be cheering for low-ranking France and Germany, whose support for war hero Volodymyr Zelenskyy has been particularly meagre.

Slava Ukraine! Bloated public sectors are encouraged to work 4-day weeks and watch TV at work


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