“Retired civil servants outnumber those working”
I’ve just been reading a story in the Telegraph with the same headline as this post, but how’s this for the sub-head:
Retired civil servants drawing gold-plated taxpayer funded pensions now outnumber those employed in the civil service for the first time.
The rules of serious journalism seem to be changing – it used to be that one way you could tell the broadsheets from the red-tops was that phrases like “gold-plated taxpayer funded pensions” were reserved for commentaries and editorials.
The Telegraph’s splutter was brought on by the fact that civil servants are living longer. I’m just worried they’re going to find some way to even up the score!