I wonder if Andrew Feather (Your say, December 14) thinks that attacking the council’s deputy leader for attending a strike rally is the sort of mudslinging politicians should engage in?
He needs to reflect on things a little more. If you are going to throw dirt you are going to have to get down in it yourself. You will come up looking petty and covered in the muck you sought to throw.
The council is engaged in maintaining services against a background of cuts that threaten services and hurt those who depend on them. I think they are very much in touch!
The public sector pension strike was about trying to defend the deferred wages employees have invested into pension schemes. It is their money, saved to ward off the threat of poverty in old age. They are set to pay 50 per cent more, work longer and get less. It is little wonder the unions are trying to get some sort of better deal on pensions and it is little wonder that a wide section of society supported the strikes.
The coalition government continues to pursue policies that make those least able to do so pay the most towards deficit reduction. There is almost no action against the banks or the city to either regulate the markets to work for us or to make sure those most able to pay, pay their share. Inflation and unemployment are up. The economy and growth may be flat lining or worse shrinking! The government’s policies are like some medieval quack cutting a bleeding patient more and more.
Alison Garnham head of the Child Poverty Action Group believes that the coalition government is in danger of emulating Margaret Thatcher’s record on poverty. “It has been said her governments did two things about poverty: they increased it and then they pretended it did not exist.’” she has warned.
The Treasury has admitted that another 100,000 children would be pushed into poverty as a result of the government’s policies, such as freezing the child element of the working tax credit. A month earlier, research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies forecast that the number of children in poverty would rise by 800,000 by 2020 – despite the government signing up to Labour’s target of ending child poverty by that date.
I think Andrew Feather needs to get back in touch with the facts instead of sitting in his own ivory tower gazing down with disgust on the public sector.