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Public sector pay: when columnists contradict themselves

08 Jul 2009, by Guest in Economics, Labour market, Public services

It’s always a fair bet that an opinion-formers’ bandwagon is gathering pace despite all logic when columnists begin to openly contradict themselves in order to jump aboard.  In today’s Guardian, Simon Jenkins provides a characteristically intemperate rant against the Treasury for failing to be tough enough to freeze or cut public sector pay in order to bring down the deficit.

Jenkins obviously doesn’t read his own column too closely because only four months ago, he was saying this:

What the economy needs is not rescued banks but raw spending power. It needs people to pour into shops and showrooms, estate agents and restaurants, hotels and DIY stores. Even were banks lending it would be no substitute for spending to recharge the economy. Only spending power, from the bottom up, will eventually refloat the banking system, not public subsidy. Government can do this by employing people on public projects and services.

How he squares this with his call today for reductions in the disposable income of five million public sector workers and a new-found focus on cutting public spending is not entirely clear to me.

One Response to Public sector pay: when columnists contradict themselves

  1. Charlie Marks
    Jul 8th 2009, 10:43 pm

    There’s a case being made for imposing pay restraint on senior civil servants – who are hardly going to be harmed by such cuts – but the idea that it’ll help the economy is a bit screwy.